Thursday, October 21, 2021

Dorell apologizes to cameraman, team for on-field incident

Boulder, Colo. (WNN) — Carl Dorrell considers himself calm and collected on the football field.

Except on Saturday, when the Colorado coach lost his cool and pushed a photojournalist’s camera off the field after a 37-14 loss to Southern California.

Dorell apologized publicly and privately on Sunday, and he told his team on Monday that he was sorry, too.

“I have to compete better,” Dorell said. “That’s not how we want to do things. … His camera was there but it wasn’t a personal attack on him or anything like that. It was more a reaction than a game.

“The best way to learn from this is to understand that it was a mistake and go and apologize and move on. We’ve done that and we look forward to moving on.”

The Buffs (1-4, 0-2 Pac-12) were called out on social media Saturday night when athletic director Rick George apologized on behalf of their head coach.

Earlier this season, Dorrell quit his customary postgame radio show after a 30–0 loss to Minnesota. Last season, players were not made available after their 55–23 loss to Texas at the Alamo Bowl.

Now, episodes with Photojournalist from CBS affiliate KCNC-TV in Denver, which was filming Dorell as he fled Folsom Field after Colorado’s fourth straight loss when the second-year head coach shook the camera.

When asked if he was concerned with the perception of events, Dorell replied: “No, no, not at all. I mean, I’ve generally been very nice, calm, and collected for most of my 36 years of coaching. .

The goodbye week of amateurs comes at the right time. The players and their coach need relief after four consecutive losses.

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This is a chance to reset and fix a struggling offense that averages 13.8 points in a game. Everything is on the table including the QB switch. Their next game is in Boulder on October 16 against an Arizona team, whose last win came on October 5, 2019, at Folsom Field.

“We’re in a period of time where we’re not doing so well so it’s a good time to sum things up and maybe some attention to detail … so that we can play better football,” Dorell said.

Quarterback Brendan Lewis hasn’t been able to spark the offense since his opening win of the season over lower-level Northern Colorado. The recent slide opens the door for new backup Drew Carter, who could get similar reps this week.

“We’re evaluating everything right now,” said Dorrell, including the coaching staff. “We have some time this week to work on some of the things we need to work on, and to see where we need to make changes. We’re going to work through this in a possibly systematic process.”

He may soon receive another threat at La’Vonte Chenault, who was suspended for violating team rules.

“He is taking the steps he should have done after his suspension. He will be able to be active back in the team soon,” explained Dorrell, who said Schenault went home last week after the death of his grandmother. “His mind is in the right place and he’s trying to do all the right things.”


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