University Of Colorado
2020 - Present
Karl Dorrell was named the 27th full-time head football coach at the University of Colorado on
February 23, 2020, very much a "homecoming" for him as he twice served as an assistant coach for the
Buffaloes in the 1990s.
Dorrell, 56, returned to CU from the National Football League's Miami Dolphins, where he coached the
receivers for the 2019 season; two days prior to accepting the Colorado position, he had been promoted
to Miami's assistant head coach. He replaced Mel Tucker, who coached the Buffs for one season before
accepting the head coach position at Michigan State 12 days before Dorrell was hired.
Dorrell replaced Mel Tucker, who resigned 12 days earlier when he accepted an offer to become the new
head coach at Michigan State after coaching the Buffaloes for just one season. Dorrell came back 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 by Dolphins head coach Brian Flores two
days before accepting the CU job.
Dorrell was coaching his second time as a member of the Dolphins staff, as he returned as the team's
wide receivers coach on February 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
(who passed away in July 2018).