Sources close to the situation tell us that Athletic Director Mike Bohn is interviewing former Colorado/UCLA coach and current Miami WR Coach Karl Dorrell this weekend. Our source also confirmed that Oklahoma Defensive Coordinator, Brent Venables, seems to be the best candidate in the search process so far.
Well there are few reactions for me when I read this blurb:
- First, unlike Steve Lavin the more time goes by I think the mellower I am getting about Dorrell. Despite the brutal experience we had with him here in Westwood and how it was proven that he wasn't ready to be a head coach, as years go by I am going to lose the visceral emotional feeling that a sleazebag like Lavin conjures up. Dorrell is after all a Bruin.That doesn't mean that there will be no pushback if anyone attempts to revise history about what took place under him at UCLA.
- On wishing him luck I would like to see Dorrell get a second chance as a head coach but not at a major D-I program. I think it will be cool if Dorrell coaches again in a mid major program and use the lessons he learned from his failed stint in Westwood. That would mean getting involved with the program, working and competing his rear end off on the recruiting trail, hiring the right coaches and then doing what he can to empower them accordingly.
- Lastly, when I read this it came across as a leak story to create a perception that Colorado is doing what it can to keep their coaching search process diverse.
As bitter as I still am from what we had to go through with him as the head coach and what he did to our program, I hope he finds success by applying the lessons he learned from Westwood. I will have a hard time staying mad against someone who (unlike a fraud, scumbag, conartist like Lavin) also attended the greatest school in the world.
I am not going to be able to hold a grudge forever (no matter how painful those memories are) against another Bruin (although I realize he and his hardest of hardcore supporters might not feel the same way). Either way I'd like to wish Dorrell luck.