Boulder, Colo. — University of Colorado athletic director Rick George apologizes on behalf of Buffalo football coach Carl Dorrell, who shook a photojournalist’s camera as he exited Folsom Field after a shock defeat in Southern California on Saturday.
“Coach Dorrell apologizes to local journalist, which he blocked after today’s game,” tweeted George, three hours after the Trojans sent the Buffs to a 37-14 defeat in a row. “We treat journalists with respect and apologize for today’s lack.”
Tim Weiland, vice president and general manager of CBS affiliate KCNC-TV in Denver, tweeted, “I just spoke with Rick. I express my sincere apologies to our photojournalist, along with his genuine concern and apologies to Coach Dorell. I appreciate it.”
However, George’s tweet apology was heavily criticized on social media as the apology did not come directly from his head coach. Others ridiculed George for portraying Dorell’s actions as an intercept.
Dorell was not asked about the incident nor did he mention it at his postgame news conference. A short video clip was posted on social media hours after the game ended.
Dorell issued a statement Sunday morning, saying, “I would like to apologize for the incident at the end of our game on Saturday. We value the media and the coverage they provide for our event, and it is this It was strictly in the heat of time. I’m not that, and I hope those who have known me for years realize it. I contacted the CBS-4 videographers directly this morning and talked to them in person apologized to him.
The Buffs went 4-2 in their first season when half a dozen games were canceled due to the pandemic. The Buffs lost to Texas at the Alamo Bowl.
Dorell is 5-6 in his two seasons at Boulder. He was hired on February 23, 2020, after Mel Tucker abruptly moved to Michigan State. It would be 288 days before COVID-19 shut down all college sports nearly three weeks after Dorell had his first practice run.
They opened the season with a win over lower-division Northern Colorado, but have since lost to Texas A&M, Minnesota and USC at home and on the road to Arizona State.
They are closed next weekend before hosting Arizona on October 16.