Jan 222014

Ex-UCLA coach Karl Dorrell in line to be Vanderbilt offensive coordinator

Written by Jeff Lockridge
The Tennessean

Former UCLA head coach and NFL assistant Karl Dorrell is in line to become Vanderbilt’s offensive coordinator pending university approval, according to a source.

Dorrell, 50, was the quarterbacks coach of the Houston Texans before the firing of Gary Kubiak.

Dorrell was an assistant coach at Northern Arizona when new Vanderbilt coach Derek Mason played there.

A California native and former UCLA wide receiver (1983-86), Dorrell coached his alma mater from 2003-07 and was 35-27. His best season came in 2005 when the Bruins went 10-2, won the Sun Bowl and Dorrell was named Pac-10 co-coach of the year.

Dorrell implemented the “West Coast offense” at UCLA, utilizing the short passing game that had been highlighted when he coached receivers for Mike Shanahan’s Denver Broncos from 2000-02.

After being dismissed from UCLA, Dorrell joined the Miami Dolphins as a wide receivers coach — and eventually a quarterbacks coach — over four seasons.

Dorrell’s other coaching stops have included: Central Florida (receivers, 1989), Northern Arizona (1990-91), Colorado (receivers, 1992-93; offensive coordinator, 1995-98), Arizona State (receivers, 1994) and Washington (offensive coordinator, 1999).

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