Karl Dorrell: Duke Football Savior?

I’ve said for quite some time that I wanted Karl Dorrell out as UCLA’s coach. I was happy to finally get my wish this week, but I still maintain that I want Dorrell to succeed, just elsewhere. Well, looks like Dorrell’s opportunity to coach in the collegiate ranks may be coming sooner, rather than later, as SI.com reports:

Former UCLA head football coach Karl Dorrell is drawing interest from Duke University, SI.com has learned.

Duke would like to schedule an interview with Dorrell in the near future, but it is believed that the Blue Devils are still in the process of formally contacting the coach.

Maybe Duke is just drawing upon its common lines with Dorrell — they were two of the three schools to lose to Notre Dame this year (Stanford was the other, as The Driver points out). Perhaps it’s that sort of distinction that unites. As for coaching at Duke football, it’s no easy task. Ted Roof was fired after winning just 6 games in 5 years. Yeah. Those won’t be easy to come by for Karl. Duke football has gone winless three times since the turn of the century. Their last ACC title? 1989 when they were co-champs under Steve Spurrier. That would be some high company, Karl.

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  • http://www.UCLAradio.com driver

    ND beat Stanfurd too…just fyi

  • http://obscuresportsquarterly.wordpress.com Gilbert

    Agree completely Larry.

    I wanted Dorrell gone, but hold no resentment towards him if he ends up at Duke — his first head coaching job should’ve been at a school like Duke, not a school like UCLA.

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  • Trenton Smith

    Karl Dorrell will succeed. He is a class act and a man with integrity. I had the chance to go to the Notre Dame game and sat with many recruits including a young quarterback I think his name was Chrisman. The overwhelming theme from the recruits that I spoke with was they wanted to play for Karl.
    I have a lot of respect for Karl for the way he handled the media on the day of the firing. He left UCLA with dignity and pride and will take that dignity and pride to another school.