BOULDER, Colo .– Colorado soccer coach Karl Dorrell considers himself calm and collected on the soccer field.
Except on Saturday, when he lost his temper and pushed a photojournalist’s camera as he walked off the pitch after a 37-14 loss to Southern California.
Dorrell apologized on Sunday both publicly and privately, and he told his team on Monday he was sorry too.
“I have to have a better composure,” Dorrell said. “That’s not how we want to do it.… His camera was there but it wasn’t a personal attack on him or anything like that. It was more of a reaction to the game.
“The best way to learn from this is to understand that it was a mistake and go and apologize and move on. We did and we hope to move forward.”
The Buffaloes (1-4, 0-2 Pac-12) were called to social media on 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 a 30-0 loss to Minnesota. Last season, the players were unavailable after a 55-23 loss to Texas in the Alamo Bowl.
Now, the episode with CBS affiliate KCNC-TV photojournalist in Denver, who filmed Dorrell as he ran away 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 incidents, Dorrell replied, “No, no, not at all. I mean, I’m generally pretty cool, calm, and collected for most of my 36 years. training. “
The Buffaloes’ week off is timely. The players and their coach need a reprieve after four consecutive losses.
It’s a chance to reset and correct a struggling attack that averages 13.8 points per game. Everything is also on the table, including a QB switch. Their next game will be on October 16 in Boulder against a team from Arizona whose last victory dates back to October 5, 2019 at Folsom Field.
“We’re in a phase where we’re not doing very well, so now is a great time to consolidate some things and maybe draw attention to the details… so that we play better football,” said Dorrell.
Quarterback Brendon Lewis hasn’t been able to trigger the offense since a season opener win over lower-tier northern Colorado. The recent slide opens the door for freshman replacement Drew Carter, who could receive the same number of reps this week.
“We’re evaluating everything right now,” Dorrell said, including the coaching staff. “We have a little bit of time this week to work on some things that we need to work on and to see where we need to make changes. We’re going to be working on that in a probably methodical process.”
They may soon have another receiving threat to La’Vontae Shenault, who has been suspended for breaking team rules.
“He is doing what he should be doing given his suspension. He can soon be reactivated in the squad,” said Dorrell, who said Shenault returned home last week after his grandmother passed away. . “His mind is in the right place and he’s trying to do all the right things.”