BOULDER, Col. – Colorado soccer coach Karl Dorrell considers himself calm and composed on the soccer field.
Except on Saturday, when he lost his cool and pushed a photojournalist’s camera off the field after a 37-14 loss to Southern California.
Dorrell apologized both publicly and privately on Sunday, telling his team on Monday he was sorry too.
“I need to be more calm,” Dorrell said. “We don’t want to do things that way. … His camera was there, but it wasn’t a personal attack on him or anything like that. It was more of a game reaction.”
“The best way to learn from this is to understand it was a mistake and apologize and move on. We did and we hope to move forward.”
The Buffalos (1-4, 0-2 Pac-12) were called out on social media Saturday night when athletic director Rick George apologized on behalf of his head coach.
Earlier this season, Dorrell skipped his usual post-game radio show after losing 30-0 to Minnesota. Last season, no more players were made available after a 55-23 loss to Texas in the Alamo Bowl.
Now, the episode featuring CBS affiliate KCNC-TV’s Denver photojournalist filming Dorrell running from Folsom Field after Colorado’s fourth straight loss when the sophomore head coach pushed the camera.
When asked if he was concerned about the perception of the incidents, Dorrell replied: “No, no, not at all. I mean I’m usually quite cool, calm and composed in most of my 36 years of coaching.”
The Buffalos’ farewell week comes at the perfect time. The players and their coach need a reprieve after four consecutive losses.
It’s an opportunity to reset and resolve a wrestling foul averaging 13.8 points per match. All things are also on the table, including a QB switch. Their next game is on October 16 in Boulder against an Arizona team whose last win was October 5, 2019 at Folsom Field.
“We’re in a period where we’re not doing very well, so it’s a good time to get some things in order and maybe pay some attention to the details… so we can play better football.” said Dorrel.
Quarterback Brendon Lewis has been unable to unleash the attack since a season-opening win at Northern Colorado’s lower tier. The recent slide opens the door for freshman backup Drew Carter, who may get equal reps this week.
“We’re evaluating everything now,” Dorrell said, including the coaching staff. “We’ve got some time this week to work on some of the things we need to work on, and see where we need to make changes. We’re going to go through that in a likely methodical process.”
They may soon see another threat back in La’Vontae Shenault, who was suspended for breaking the team rules.
“He’s taking the steps he should given his suspension. He will be able to be reactivated on the team soon,” explained Dorrell, who said Shenault went home last week after his grandmother’s death. “His mind is in the right place and he’s trying to do the right things.”