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is Karl Dorrell’s watchword as he assumes the mantle of UCLA’s
head football coach
B.J. Violett ’81
Illustration by Joe Morse
Thomas Wolfe said you can’t go home again. Don’t
tell that to Karl Dorrell.
15 years on the road coaching on the collegiate level and with the
Denver Broncos, Dorrell ’87, a receiver on three Rose Bowl-winning
Bruin teams, is back home in Westwood as UCLA’s 15th head
football coach. It is with both exuberance and reverence that he
takes charge of UCLA’s program.
has always been a dream of mine to someday return to campus as the
head coach at this great university,” Dorrell says with down-to-earth
forthrightness. “I’m very thankful for this opportunity.
I’m excited. I’m privileged. I’m honored. I’m
proud to be a Bruin, proud to be back.”
he lacks head-coaching experience, Dorrell is not the least bit
intimidated, nor is he afraid to admit that he doesn’t know
it all. The staff he’s built since his hire in December includes
former head coaches and coordinators (some of whom he worked under)
with decades of experience, as well as young up-and-comers.