NFL THE NEW COLLECTIVE BARGAINING AGREEMENT

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes #15 back to pass at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles, Ca on November 19, 2018. Jevone Moore

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 3/15/2020

STATEMENT BY NFL COMMISSIONER ROGER GOODELL ON THE RATIFICATION OF THE NEW COLLECTIVE BARGAINING AGREEMENT

Los Angeles Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald soars over Russell Wilson at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles, Ca on November 11, 2018. Jevone Moore

We are pleased that the players have voted to ratify the proposed new CBA, which will provide substantial benefits to all current and retired players, increase jobs, ensure continued progress on player safety, and give our fans more and better football. We appreciate the tireless efforts of the members of the Management Council Executive Committee and the NFLPA leadership, both of whom devoted nearly a year to detailed, good faith negotiations to reach this comprehensive, transformative agreement. # # #

NBA to suspend season following tonight’s games

Denver Nuggets vs Los Angeles Lakers game at Staples Center in Los Angeles, CA. on March 06, 2019. (Photo by Jevone Moore)

Official Release |

March 11, 2020

NEW YORK – The NBA announced that a player on the Utah Jazz has preliminarily tested positive for COVID-19.  The test result was reported shortly prior to the tip-off of tonight’s game between the Jazz and Oklahoma City Thunder at Chesapeake Energy Arena.  At that time, tonight’s game was canceled.  The affected player was not in the arena.

Los Angeles Clippers forward Kawhi Leonard looking to score during the Dallas Mavs. (Courtesy photo Nick White)

The NBA is suspending game play following the conclusion of tonight’s schedule of games until further notice.  The NBA will use this hiatus to determine next steps for moving forward in regard to the coronavirus pandemic.

Big Ten Conference Statement

Women's BIG TEN Tournament 2019:Maryland vs Iowa at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on March 10, 2019 (Photo by Andre Hollis / fi360 News)

The Big Ten Conference announced today that it will be canceling the remainder of the Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament, effective immediately.

The Big Ten Conference will use this time to work with the appropriate medical experts and institutional leadership to determine next steps for moving forward in regard to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The main priority of the Big Ten Conference continues to be the health, safety and wellness of our student-athletes, coaches, administrators, fans and media as we continue to monitor all developing and relevant information on the COVID-19 virus.

Women’s BIG TEN Tournament 2019: Congrats Iowa you are now Big Ten ChampionMaryland vs Iowa at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on March 10, 2019 (Photo by Andre Hollis / fi360 News)

Commissioner Kevin Warren

Press Conference

The verbiage in the release is ‘canceling’. The NBA said ‘suspend’. Is there any chance that later on you might revisit concluding the tournament?
COMMISSIONER WARREN: I would say no. I think it’s important, we wanted to make it clear, that we’re canceling it because, again, first and foremost we need to make sure we protect the health and safety of you all, of our student-athletes, of our administrators, of our fans.

I wish I knew more information. This is a fluid situation. I can’t recall the last time we’ve had a pandemic, but we do here. It’s really important that we’re thoughtful. If it comes down that I overreacted or we overreacted, I’m comfortable with that.

I think as I sit here today in these kind of situations, you can never overreact from a safety standpoint, and I think we needed to make sure we went to the highest level to give us a chance to deal with this acute problem.

I believe the ACC just crowned Florida State the No. 1 seed, the tournament champion. I was wondering if you had any plans to crown a champion when there wasn’t a tournament played?
COMMISSIONER WARREN: As I sit here today, it is difficult to crown a champion if you don’t compete. We do have three champions from the regular season. That’s the other thing, when you think about it, we were blessed with an incredible Big Ten basketball season, the number of teams that played well. We have those memories to really think about as we sit here today.

I don’t think I would recommend to our staff or crown a champion from the tournament because we didn’t get a chance to play the tournament.

PAC-12 STATEMENT ON MEN’S BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT

NCAA College Basketball 2016 PAC-12 Basketball Tournament Championship game between the Utah Utes and the Oregon Ducks at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, NV. (Photo by Jevone Moore/Full Image 360)
NCAA College Basketball 2016 PAC-12 Basketball Champions the Oregon Ducks at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, NV. (Photo by Jevone Moore/Full Image 360)
For Immediate Release // Thursday, March 12, 2020
Contact // Andrew Walker

PAC-12 STATEMENT ON MEN’S BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT, PAC-12 SPORT COMPETITIONS & PAC-12 CHAMPIONSHIP EVENTS

Photo by Jevone Moore

The Pac-12 Conference has made the decision to cancel the remainder of the Pac-12 Men’s Basketball Tournament and all Pac-12 sport competitions and Pac-12 Championship events, effective immediately, until further notice.  This decision has been made in consultation with our member universities in an effort to limit the spread of the virus and in the interest of the health and safety of our student-athletes, campus personnel, working and event personnel, and all those who attend Pac-12 events.

 

27 Unanswered Points Fuels Wildcats Comeback Win

Linebacker #54 Taiwan Jones of the XFL Los Angeles Wildcats celebrates a late interception for touchdown during the LA Wildcats 41-34 win against the Tampa Bay Vipers, at Dignity Health Sports Park, in Carson Ca., on March 8th, 2020. (fi360news/Daniel Bowyer)

Carson, CA – Beating the DC Defenders gave Los Angeles a bit of hope in the XFL. Knowing that the top two teams in each conference make the playoffs, it helps a bit that there is one dominant team in the conference (Houston Roughnecks). Some of that momentum was lost after struggling to find any rhythm against New York, trailing early and not being able to find any footing on offense. Tampa Bay, starting the season 0-3, shut out the DC Defenders, forcing their downward spiral to continue. 

Quarterback #8 Josh Johnson of the XFL Los Angeles Wildcats against the Tampa Bay Vipers, on March 8th, 2020. (fi360 News/Daniel Bowyer)

At first, it all seemed like the Vipers would force a spiral to the Wildcats after going up 24-6 with a turnover brigade. Throughout the first 15 minutes or so, Tampa Bay looked like they were having all the fun with getting into the endzone on their first three of four possessions, capped off by 15 points off of turnovers. The Wildcats in the mean time managed their own game plan hoisting an unexpected comeback that gave Los Angeles a much needed 41-34 win, putting them back in the talks being relevant in the Western Conference. 

“We don’t want to put ourselves in a game like this again,” Tre McBride said. “With that being said, a win is a win, and our goal every week is to put up as many points as possible. We did that tonight, but this tells us as a team we need to do more.”

Offensive guard #67 Jerald Foster of the XFL Tampa Bay Vipers reps Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity after the Los Angeles Wildcats on March 8th, 2020. (fi360news/Daniel Bowyer)

It was beyond an ugly start for the Wildcats. In their first five possessions, the Wildcats had a very hard time holding onto the ball in all aspects. From an interception on the first play to bad shotgun snaps and muffed punts, the Wildcats looked as if they were ready to hand the game to Tampa Bay.

Josh Johnson though found more than just his receivers and footing. He played practically throughout the rest of the game like a professional, evading sacks and reading just about all of his passes. They closed the first half with 16 unanswered points with touchdown strikes to De’Quan Hampton and Brandon Barnes. Heading into the half down by just four, their defense bailed them out with key stops and a forced turnover. With the Wildcats then scoring on two more possessions from the arm of Johnson, the LA faithful looked as if they were behind this team.

With the way Johnson’s game started out, he finished with everything going his way. He ended the night going 20-for-34 with four touchdowns, all of which was done in the 27-0 run.

Wide receiver #15 Tre McBride of the XFL Los Angeles Wildcats makes a reception over Tampa Bay Vipers cornerback #26 Herb Waters during the LA Wildcats 41-34 win against the Tampa Bay Vipers, at Dignity Health Sports Park, in Carson Ca., on March 8th, 2020. (fi360news/Daniel Bowyer)

“Josh is playing great,” Tre McBride said. “He has never lost confidence in his receivers and it showed in a game like this today. It is important to have that core be dedicated like the way we played today.”

“All in all, we just stuck to the game plan.” Johnson said. “We felt like last week we lost our guidance and missed out on passing tests. This week it was about how we could respond as a team, and to that we responded well.”

Tampa Bay only managed 233 yards after leading big early, with more than two thirds of those yards only surmounting three points and a game ending interception in the endzone.

“We all feed off of each other,” “Our defense did their part to feed the momentum offensively. They did their job, so we ended up doing our job as well to our advantage.”

Los Angeles has put themselves back in relevance, but a crowd of just over 12,000 on a Sunday night raised a bit of concern. While there are no rumors of any type of relocation, they currently hold two of the three lowest attended games this season. This week was also a part of the lowest attended games from the first five weeks, which could put Los Angeles in the conversation of finding out if Carson is the right place for the XFL.

Wide receiver #15 Tre McBride (top) of the XFL Los Angeles Wildcats celebrates a touchdown with his offense in the end zone during the LA Wildcats 41-34 win against the Tampa Bay Vipers, at Dignity Health Sports Park, in Carson Ca., on March 8th, 2020. (fi360news/Daniel Bowyer)

Still, wins are important when building a franchise and to be recognized. The Wildcats arguably earned one of the more impressive ones in the young season by any team. With Seattle next week, they can put a team behind them and chase after the second seed where Dallas lies.

After Breaking Record, Mathews Breaks Hearts With Game Winner

LOS ANGELES – Jonah Mathews closes the regular season with a record-breaking performance in the USC Trojans’ 54-52 victory over the UCLA Bruin’s Saturday afternoon at the Galen Center, ending their cross-town rival’s seven-game winning streak.

Mathews entered the game needing to make four threes to break Elijah Stewart’s Trojan record of 245 three pointers. Mathews made a season-high five three pointers to set a new Trojan record at 247. But none was more important than the game-winning three he made with one second left on the clock.

UCLA’s Cody Riley, who scored a Bruin-leading 13 points, made two free throws to give Bruins a 52-51 lead with 9 seconds left. The Trojans called a timeout in between to try to ice Riley, to no avail but to also set up the final play.

“We set a high ball screen, “ said USC head coach Andy Enfield. “Jonah can take on the big and go to work. It was his call to drive or step back. You put the ball in your best playmaker’s hands.”

The ending was a moment of redemption for Mathews. With 1:41 on the clock and Trojans leading 51-48, Mathews missed a pair of free throws that could have given his team more cushion and pressure on the Bruins in the final minutes.

“Coach told me before the free throw even happened, he was putting the ball in my hands and we’re going to live or die,” Mathews said. “So I was like ‘We’re going to live today!’ We’re going to live and celebrate.”

The moment was particularly special considering it was against the Trojans’ rivals.

“That was a dagger in their heart,” said Mathews.“It’ll stick with them forever like this will stick with me forever… I actually dreamed it last night. I said, ‘What if I end it like that, what if I break the record?’”

Onyeka Okongwu, who scored 16 points for the Trojans grabbed a huge offensive rebound with two Bruins draped all over his back. He then passed to Mathews at the top of the three-point arc who then made a three to put USC up 43-38. It was Mathews’ fourth of the game and the record breaking 246th of his career.

It was a close game for all 40 minutes, with the largest lead either team held at five points. And another of the grind-it-out variety for the Trojans, who once again kept an opponent to under 40 percent shooting; they improve to 16-3 when doing so.

Senior Class 2020

With the win, the Trojans finish tied for third place in the Pac-12 Conference and secures a bye for the first round of the conference tournament, to be played later this week in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Dallas Outlasts New Orleans’ Offensive Surge

Dallas, TX – While the home crowd eagerly awaited a Zion Williamson sighting, it was the presence of New Orleans players Brandon Ingram and Lonzo Ball that made Wednesday evening’s 127-123 Dallas victory especially hard-fought.

Ingram scored 27 points. Ball added 25 points, making seven three point baskets. Williamson contributed 21 points for the Pelicans.

Dallas Mavs Luka Doncic shooting one handed from the paint vs New Orleans Pelicans. (Photos by Ari Talton)

Dallas starter Dorian Finney-Smith left the game in the first half with an apparent hip injury, leaving the Mavericks without one of their better defenders and his constant contribution of second-chance points. 

Kristaps Porzingis led all scorers with 34 points. The big man also added 12 rebounds and blocked five shots. Luka Doncic totaled 30 points, 17 rebounds and 10 assists Wednesday night, earning his 14th triple-double of the season. Doncic passed Dallas legend Jason Kidd Wednesday night by earning his 22nd triple double – he now has more triple doubles than any player in Mavericks’ history.

With a balanced offensive attack from both teams and a hectic final quarter, the night’s matchup proved entertaining for the Dallas crowd. Nicolo Melli scored his first basket of the night for the Pelicans with just seconds remaining on the clock, inevitably sending the game into overtime with a 112-112 tie.

Overtime was all about the collaboration of Doncic and Porzingis. The two now appear more in sync than ever before this season. The Mavericks simply did a lot of things right in overtime and outlasted the Pelicans.

“I’ve been just playing my game,” Porzingis shared postgame. “It took me a little bit of time to figure out my spots and when to be aggressive.”

Trojans Exact Revenge on Sun Devils

NCAA College Basketball game action during the college basketball game between the Arizona State Sun Devils and the USC Trojans at Galen Center in Los Angeles, CA. (Photo by Jevone Moore/Full Image 360)
NCAA College Basketball game action during the college basketball game between the Arizona State Sun Devils and the USC Trojans at Galen Center in Los Angeles, CA. (Photo by Jevone Moore/Full Image 360)

LOS ANGELES – Jonah Mathews and Daniel Utomi carried the torch, leading four Trojans scoring double figures in a 71-61 USC victory over the Arizona State Sun Devils Saturday night at the Galen Center. It was the second consecutive win over an NCAA-Tournament bound team, completing a home sweep over the Arizona schools.

Mathews scored a game-high 23 points. Utomi scored 19 and added 11 rebounds. Nick Rakocevic, seemingly recovered from a virus that caused him to lose 16 pounds in two days, also had a double double of 13 points and 11 rebounds. Big O, who fouled out of this game, chipped in with 10 points.

These teams met three weeks prior to this contest in Tempe, Arizona.  The Sun Devils forced the Trojans to commit 24 turnovers that day, which was the most by an ASU opponent since 2002, en route to a 66-64 victory for the Sun Devils.

Now as visitors, the Devils tried to use the same recipe but lacked a little bit of sauce. Meaning they did the same thing as before but couldn’t get any buckets. The Trojans showed up on defense again, as they held the Sun Devils to below 33 percent shooting.

Romello White opened the game scoring for Sun Devils. But the 2-0 lead would be the last and only time they were ahead on the scoreboard. Mathews evened the game with a pull up jump shot, followed by an Utomi three, and another Utomi three, then Utomi made a three again. Before they knew it, the Devils trailed by 10 by the first TV timeout at the 15:48 mark.

“He’s definitely the X-factor on the team,” said Mathews about Utomi.  “When he plays well, we’re for sure playing good. He came out hot with four threes. He played well and had a double double tonight. So it wasn’t just shooting, he rebounded. He was tough.”

Coach Andy Enfield couldn’t have liked the 14 turnovers by USC in the first half. Trojans shoot 59% from the field, Arizona State made only 35% but it was only a 41-36 game at halftime. Sun Devils strategy of applying pressure after every made basket and whenever the Trojans inbounded the ball worked well enough to keep them in the game.

“They have to go make plays,” said Enfield. “You have to be tough with the ball and run through your catch. You have to go perform and we finally did that in the second half. We limited our turnovers in the second half and played much better.”

The Trojans came out of the break looking to put the visitors away early as their lead was increased to 12 points over the first eight minutes of the closing half. However, the Devils showed resiliency and went on an 11-0 blitz during the next four minutes. That’s when Mathews stepped in and grabbed the Devils by their horns.

“We knew they were gone come back with a punch,” said Mathews. “At that point, I just wanted to solidify the win. My teammates found me. I had to make plays, as a senior. Coach put the ball in my hands so I had to produce.”

Mathews responded to the run with a traditional three-point play as he got fouled making a layup. The next time down the floor he made a three pointer, giving his team a seven-point lead. After the Sun Devils’ Remy Martin, who led his team with 22 points, made a layup, Mathews answered with one of his own, making it a 62-55 score and put the game away for the Trojans.

USC is now 21-9 on the season and face cross-town rivals UCLA next Saturday at the Galen Center. UCLA defeated the Arizona Wildcats 69-64 Saturday after beating these same Sun Devils on Thursday. This means both LA schools had a home sweep the Arizona schools in Pac-12 play this week.

The Trojans Declaw Cats in Big Win

USC men's basketball game at Galen Center on February 13, 2020 (Photo by Stephanie Lovell)

LOS ANGELES – Dealing with injuries, grief, and a virus, the USC Trojans fight on in a huge 57-48 victory over Pac-12 foes Arizona Wildcats Thursday night at the Galen Center.

Playing for their NCAA tournament lives, Andy Enfield’s team had to call on its defense to pull out the win.  The Wildcats were held to 28 percent shooting from the field. The 48 points by Arizona is their lowest scoring output of the season.

“We tried to challenge everything,” said coach Enfield. “Coach Hart had a great game plan. We came up with some different ideas and we just executed defensively as best as we could and challenged to try to make it tough for everything they got.

“I thought we did a really good job of taking their inside away and we challenged every three. To hold their guards to 5-of-32 is just a credit to our players.

According to many bracket prognostications, the Trojans were sitting on the 12 seed line and slated for a play-in game entering Thursday’s contest. Knowing his team was inside the NCAA tournament bubble, senior guard Jonah Matthews led the Trojans in scoring with 14 points while playing with a do or die attitude.

“It’s do or die, I don’t have another year,” said Mathews. “Every rebound, every shot, everything matters. It’s crunch time before March Madness.”

Mathews, like most players in this game, got off to a slow start, which coach Enfield attributed to a virus some members of the team was afflicted with on its Rocky Mountain trip last week but had to play through it as his team needed him.

“They take teams that win, said Mathews.  “If we win, we’re in. We can’t afford to drop any game… We have fight in us. No one feels sorry for us. This team is resilient and fights.”

Onyeka “Big O” Okongwu had his 11th double double of year with 11 points and 10 rebounds. In an ugly first half, Big O was the one bright spot as he heaved a three quarters court shot as the buzzer sounded and set off a loud cheer from the crowd. It was his first made three pointer of his collegiate career.

“I just saw that Nico [Wildcat guard Nico Mannion] missed the shot,” said Okongwu. “I always work on the shot after practice so I just took a chance. Got fouled but no call and it still went in anyways.”

That shot turned out to be huge because it gave the Trojans their largest lead of the game, to that point at 26-21, which they never relinquished. Arizona jumped out to a fast 9-2 lead in the contest but both teams threw up bricks in a back and forth first half. Okongwu led the Trojans with seven rebounds in the first half to go along with five points.

The Trojans featured balanced scoring with the six players in the rotation who played significant minutes all scoring at least seven points. A very ill Nick Rakocevic only logged 11 minutes.

The Trojans improve to 20-9 on the season, 16-1 when holding opponents under 70 points, and 3-0 holding foes under 49 points.  Their next game will be in the Galen Center against Arizona State on Saturday, then they close the season the following Saturday as they host the rival Bruins.

DORRELL NAMED HEAD FOOTBALL COACH AT COLORADO

The Black and Gold Game Spring Game for the Colorado Buffaloes at Saturday April 27, 2019. (Photo by Laura Domingue / fi360 News)

BOULDER — Karl Dorrell, who has two previous “tours of duty” on the University of Colorado football staff, has been named the 27th full-time head football coach for the Buffaloes, athletic director Rick George announced Sunday.

George has proposed that CU’s Board of Regents approve a five-year deal for Dorrell worth $18 million, in which the first-year salary would be $3.2 million and then increase by $200,000 annually, not including additional compensation for any of several incentives in the contract that are met.  He is also proposing a salary pool of $3.8 million for the assistant coaches, which is an increase from $3.155 million for the previous staff.  The Regents must approve Dorrell’s contract, which campus leaders will present for their consideration at a meeting in the near future.

“I’m excited to be back, it’s like coming home,” Dorrell said.  “The thing that excited me about this job is that my experience in the past here for the most part has been very successful.  We had a lot of good teams, went to a lot of good bowl games.  It’s a top caliber program that has a lot of potential, and I’m excited to return it to that level.”

Dorrell, 56, replaces Mel Tucker, who resigned on February 11 when he accepted an offer to become the new head coach at Michigan State.  He was named CU’s head coach on Dec. 5, 2018, and coached the Buffaloes just one year, as Colorado posted a 5-7 record for the 2019 season.  Tucker was hired after a 16-day search; the process to hire Dorrell actually took less time – 12 days.

                Dorrell returns to Colorado from the National Football League’s Miami Dolphins, where he was the receivers coach for the 2019 season; he had just been promoted to assistant head coach last Thursday (Feb. 20) by head coach Brian Flores. 

“I am excited that Karl Dorrell has agreed to become our head football coach,” George said. “Karl has had great success as a college coach, both as a head coach and an assistant, and he knows the Pac-12 Conference and West Coast well. It was important that our next coach have CU ties, and Karl has those ties having worked at CU twice previously.  Karl shares my passion for Colorado and our vision for winning championships.  He will be a tremendous mentor and role model for our student-athletes, and he will provide great leadership for our program going forward.”

Dorrell was actually coaching his second time as a member of the Dolphins staff, as he returned as the team’s wide receivers coach a little over a year ago, on Feb. 8, 2019.  He previously served as the receivers coach from 2008-10 and was the quarterbacks coach in 2011, all four years under the late head coach at the time, Tony Sparano (he passed away in July 2018).

                Bill McCartney hired him at Colorado as his receivers coach on Feb. 20, 1992, Dorrell’s first full-time job on the Division I-A (now FBS) level.  In his first year on the staff, two of his players, Charles Johnson and Michael Westbrook, became just the fourth pair of receivers on the same team at the time to each have over 1,000 receiving yards in NCAA history; the first two do so at Colorado, Johnson caught 57 passes for 1,149 yards and five touchdowns, while Westbrook pulled in 76 receptions for 1,060 yards and eight scores. Westbrook earned first-team All-America honors for that season, becoming just the third Buffalo wide receiver to do so, joining Cliff Branch (1971) and Dave Logan (1975).  Johnson added another 1,000-yard season in 1993, again hauling in 57 balls for 1,082 yards and nine TDs, earning second-team All-American accolades, with Westbrook repeating as a first-team his senior year in 1994.

The Buffs were 17-5-2 those two seasons, which included a win over Fresno State in the ’93 Aloha Bowl.

After leaving for the 1994 season to coach the receivers at Arizona State under coach Bruce Snyder, he would return to Boulder in 1995 as a member of Rick Neuheisel’s staff, reuniting with his quarterback from their playing days at UCLA. Neuheisel, on McCartney’s final staff in ’94, replaced the legendary McCartney as CU’s head coach and brought back Dorrell to be CU’s offensive coordinator and receivers coach on Jan. 12, 1995.  He would add coaching the quarterbacks in 1998, the last season on the CU staff.  CU’s offense under Dorrell’s direction proved electric, as the ’95 Buffaloes were eighth in the nation in scoring (36.9 points per game), sixth in total offense (486.6 yards per game, still the second most in a single season at Colorado) and eighth in passing offense (297.2 yards per game).  CU was 33-14 in his second go-round on the staff, which included three bowl wins, two over Oregon in the 1996 Cotton and 1998 Aloha and over Washington in the 1996 Holiday.

It’s actually his fourth time he’ll be establishing roots in the state of Colorado.  In addition to his two previous stints as an assistant coach for the Buffaloes, he was the receivers coach for the Denver Broncos for three years (2000-2002) under Mike Shanahan.  Rod Smith’s first two career Pro Bowl selections coincided with Dorrell’s first two years with the team, and Smith surpassed the 1,000-yard receiving mark all three years under Dorrell’s tutelage.  In Dorrell’s first season with the team in 2000, Smith and Ed McCaffrey combined for 201 receptions for 2,919 yards and 17 touchdowns.

He originally came to Colorado from Northern Arizona University, where he was the offensive coordinator and receivers coach in 1990 and 1991; in his last year there, NAU set school records for first downs (255) and total offense (4,539 yards).  That followed his first full-time job as receivers coach at the University of Central Florida in 1989, that on the heels of his first taste in coaching as a graduate assistant at his alma mater, UCLA in 1988.

CU Boulder Chancellor Philip P. DiStefano, who serves on the NCAA Board of Governors, the NCAA Division I Board of Directors and is the Pac-12 Conference’s CEO group chair, praised George for identifying and hiring someone with the high character, integrity and experience in Karl Dorrell.

“I know Karl from his past stints at CU, and am confident that his character, experience and passion for leading student-athletes makes him the right fit at the right time for our program,” DiStefano said.  “I want to thank Rick George for his leadership, as well as our student-athletes for their dedication to the program during two coaching changes in the past 15 months.  They are fine representatives of our university, and I know their character and enthusiasm will mesh well with Coach Dorrell as he leads the team toward re-establishing our football program as a top-tier competitor in our conference and nationally.”

                The Dolphins finished with a 5-11 record last season after starting 0-7, showing dramatic improvement over the second half of the season.  Miami averaged 276 passing yards per game during that stretch, with the season ending with a dramatic 27-24 win at New England which cost the Patriots a first round bye.  DeVante Parker led the team in receiving with 72 catches for 1,202 yards and nine touchdowns, with 48 for 859 yards and six scores the final nine games of the year.

Prior to his second stint with Miami, Dorrell spent four seasons (2015-18) with the New York Jets as their wide receivers coach.  During that span, the Jets had five different players record at least 50 receptions in an individual season while often enduring coaching a unit ravaged with injuries.  Two of his receivers were former Denver Broncos in Brandon Marshall (who he previously coached at Miami) and Eric Decker.  In Dorrell’s first season with the Jets in 2015, he helped Marshall set franchise records for receptions (109), receiving yards (1,502) and receiving touchdowns (14).  All three marks ranked in the top five in the NFL that season, while Decker caught 80 passes for 1,027 yards and 12 touchdowns. The pair combined for the most receptions (189) and receiving touchdowns (26) by any wide receiver duo in team history, while setting an NFL record by scoring touchdowns in the same game on nine occasions.

He had returned to the NFL after one season (2014) at Vanderbilt University, where he was the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach under first-year head coach Derek Mason.

He was the quarterbacks coach for the Houston Texans in 2012 and 2013, where he worked with Matt Schaub and Case Keenum.  Schaub passed for 4,008 yards and 22 touchdowns in 2012, leading the Texans to a 12-4 record, the AFC South Division title and a wild card playoff victory over Cincinnati before falling to New England in the divisional round.  

After five years as head coach of UCLA, Dorrell went back to the NFL, where he served as Miami’s wide receivers coach (2008-10) and then its quarterbacks coach (2011).  In his last year there, the Dolphins lost quarterback Chad Henne to a season-ending injury in the fourth game; Dorrell helped Matt Moore step in and pass for 2,497 yards and 16 touchdowns, with an 87.1 quarterback rating for his 12 starts.  In 2010, Dorrell tutored Marshall and Davone Bess to form one of the top pass-catching combinations in the NFL, as the two would combine for 165 receptions for 1,834 yards and eight touchdowns (the receptions were the most by a Dolphins duo in team history).  In his first season in 2008, Miami won 10 games more than the previous season, posting an 11-5 mark and winning the AFC East, as three of Dorrell’s receivers – Bess, Ted Ginn Jr. and Greg Camarillo – all had over 50 receptions and 500 yards (165 catches for 1,957 yards and 10 touchdowns combined).

In 2003, Dorrell was named head coach at his alma mater, UCLA.  During his time heading up the Bruins’ program, the school posted a 35-27 record (24-18 in Pacific 10 Conference games) and earned a bowl berth all five seasons.  His first team finished 6-7 and his second 6-6, with both suffering defeats in their bowl games.  In his third season in 2005, UCLA went 10-2, recorded a victory over Northwestern in the Sun Bowl and finished with a No. 13 national ranking in the USA Today Coaches poll (No. 16 by the Associated Press).  For the team’s performance that year, Dorrell was named the Pac-10 Conference co-Coach of the Year.  In 2006, his Bruins upset cross-town rival and second-ranked USC, 13-9, knocking the Trojans out of a second straight BCS Championship game.  That team finished the year with a 7-6 mark, and his final squad there was 6-6 before he was dismissed as head coach prior to the Bruins’ Las Vegas bowl date against BYU.

He twice worked with the Denver Broncos’ staff during training camp in both 1993 and 1999 as part of the NFL’s Minority Coaching Fellowship program, first under Wade Phillips and then under Shanahan, who would give him his first full-time position in the professional ranks the following spring.

                Dorrell is not the first to be hired as the head coach at Colorado who previously was an assistant coach at the school; in fact, he is the fifth.  He joins an impressive list of those who spent time in Boulder as an assistant before being named head coach: Frank Potts (assistant for the 1927-39, 1941-43 and 1946-47 seasons), Rick Neuheisel (1994), Gary Barnett (1984-91) and Jon Embree (1993-2002).  Dorrell joined the Buffs the season after Barnett was named head coach at Northwestern, and Neuheisel actually had replaced Dorrell on the Colorado staff under Bill McCartney.

                He also becomes the third CU coach to take over the program after signing day: Chuck Fairbanks arrived in Boulder on April 4, 1979 after a lengthy court battle with the New England Patriots to release him from their contract, and McCartney was hired on June 9, 1982 after Fairbanks left to coach New Jersey in the fledgling United States Football League (USFL).

As a student-athlete at UCLA, he lettered four times at wide receiver under coach Terry Donahue from 1982-86.  He caught 108 passes for 1,517 yards and nine touchdowns, and at the time of his graduation, he was second in receptions and fourth in receiving yards on the Bruins’ all-time charts.  He signed as a free agent with the Dallas Cowboys and played half of the 1987 season before he was placed on injured reserve.

Dorrell was born on December 18, 1963 in Alameda, Calif., and graduated from Helix Charter High School in La Mesa, Calif., a San Diego suburb (he was a two-time all-league performer and an honorable mention All-American as a senior).  He is married to the former Kim Westley, and the couple has two grown children, son Chandler, who was a receiver at both Stanford and Vanderbilt, and daughter Lauren, who lettered three times on CU’s volleyball team from 2016-18.

AT-A-GLANCE—As a full-time coach, he has coached in 428 career games: in Division I-A (FBS) 168 games, with his teams owning a record of 98-68-2 which includes eight bowl games (1993 Fiesta, 1993 Aloha, 1996 Cotton, 1999 Holiday, 2003 Silicon Valley, 2004 Las Vegas, 2005 Sun, 2006 Emerald).  In his two previous stints at Colorado, the Buffaloes were 50-19-2.  He coached in 22 games in Division I-AA (now FCS), 10 games in Division II, and in the National Football League, he coached in 224 regular season games (80 with Miami, 64 with the New York Jets, 48 with Denver and 32 with Houston) as well as in four NFL playoff games (2 with Houston, 1 each with Denver and Miami).

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