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2007 Coaches Hot Seat

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"Covering College Football Coaching from Miami to Honolulu"

 

KARL DORRELL

 

KARL DORRELL    

Age:  44

School:  UCLA

Alma Mater:  UCLA, 1986

Conference:  Pac-10

Salary:  $881,000

Official Bio:  UCLABruins.com

Years Coaching:  4

Career Record:  29 - 21 - 0   .580

Years at School:  4

Record at UCLA:  29 - 21-0   .580

2006 Record:  7 - 6  .538

2006 Cost per Win:  $125,857

Attorney/Agent:  Unknown      

Contract: 

 

December 2007 Buyout:  $1,750,000

 

Facts/Interesting things in contract:

1. Nine year contract running from August 29, 2003 to January 31, 2011

2. Base salary:  $350,000

3. Coach of the year:  $50,000

4. BCS National Championship:  $150,000

5. Team play in Non-BCS Bowl game:  $50,000

6. 8 win season:  $15,000

7. For every win over 8 wins:  $15,000

8. Pac-10 Champion:  $50,000

9. Pac-10 Co-Champion:  $40,000

10. Top 10 in final polls:  $30,000

11. Promotional Appearances:  $225,000

12. Endorsements/Apparel:  $225,000

COACHING RECORD

Year School Record Bowl
2003 UCLA 6-7 Silicon Valley
2004 UCLA 6-6 Las Vegas
2005 UCLA 10-2 Sun
2006 UCLA 7-6 Emerald
Career   29-21-0 .580

2007 SCHEDULE

Date Opponent Location CHS Prediction Result
9/01/07 at Stanford Palo Alto, CA W  
9/08/07 BYU Pasadena, CA L  
9/15/07 at Utah Salt Lake City, UT W  
9/22/07 Washington Pasadena, CA W  
9/29/07 at Oregon State Corvallis, OR L  
10/06/07 Notre Dame Pasadena, CA W  
10/20/07 California Pasadena, CA L  
10/27/07 at Washington St.  Pullman, WA W  
11/03/07 at Arizona Tucson, AZ L  
11/10/07 Arizona State Pasadena, CA W  
11/24/07 Oregon Pasadena, CA W  
12/01/07 USC Los Angeles, CA L  
'07 Record     7-5  

 

COACHES HOT SEAT ANALYSIS

A few of us at Coaches Hot Seat have run into Karl Dorrell on the UCLA campus in the past few years, and one cannot help but form one impression of him, that being he is just flat out a very impressive individual.  We firmly believe that he was hired over Mike Riley in 2002 because of the impression he made in the interview with the UCLA AD and Chancellor.  They both said as much then.  We do not think you can question Karl's integrity or work ethic, and it was obvious in 2006 that he has improved his coaching skills, especially in the heat of the action during the games.  Inconsistency though, has been the hallmark of Dorrell's teams at UCLA, and there was no better example of that than the Washington and Washington State games in 2006.  UCLA cannot lose games to teams with inferior talent, and the challenge of the 2007 season for Dorrell will be to win all of the games that he is supposed to win, and pick off one or two of the games where he will be the underdog.  We are predicting a 7-5 record for UCLA in '07, and we are unsure if that will be good enough for him to keep his job.  The UCLA AD, Dan Guerrero (UCLA '74)  likes winning championships, and we are very confident that he expects the UCLA football program to be competing for the Pac-10 championship every season.  In Dorrell's three seasons in Westwood, he has only competed for the Pac-10 once, in 2005 when he posted a 10-2 record, but got destroyed by Southern Cal in the final regular season game, 66-19.  Dorrell has in place a contract through 2011, but we do not think Guerrero is going to wait around forever for Dorrell to bring a football Pac-10 championship to UCLA.  A 7-5 record is the minimum for Dorrell to keep his job, but 7 wins and a bad loss to USC at the end of the year, and UCLA just might be coach hunting.

 

THE BOTTOM LINE

UCLA has showed some very good progress with the addition of DeWayne Walker on defense, and the arrival of Jay Norvell should provide a boost to the offense.  Now that Dorrell has two solid coordinators in place, it will be his job to step fully into the shoes of being what a head coach really should be.  He has the ability to do that, now it is up to him to make that happen.  If he needs an example of what a great head coach looks like, he can cast his eyes about 20 miles south, to the campus of Southern Cal and one Pete Carroll.  It is time for UCLA to win the Pac-10, and if they fall to far short of that goal in '07, Dorrell might be back in Denver working for Mike Shanahan.

 

TOP REPLACEMENTS 

Chris Peterson (Boise State), Bronco Mendenhall (BYU), Gary Patterson (TCU), Mike Leach (Texas Tech), Mike Riley (Oregon State), Jeff Fisher (Tennessee Titans/NFL), Steve Sarkisian (asst. USC).

 

 

 

 

 

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