BOULDER, Colo. (AP) – University of Colorado football coach Karl Dorrell apologized Sunday for pushing a photojournalist’s camera after the Buffaloes’ 37-14 loss to California in South a day earlier.
“I want to apologize for the incident at the end of our game on Saturday,” Dorrell said in a statement released by the school. “We appreciate the media and the coverage they give our program, and it was strictly in the heat of the moment.”
The photojournalist for CBS affiliate KCNC-TV in Denver was filming Dorrell as he trotted out of Folsom Field after Colorado’s fourth straight loss when the sophomore head coach pushed the camera.
“It’s not who I am, and I hope people who have known me over the years realize that,” Dorrell said in his statement. “I contacted and spoke directly to the CBS4 videographer this morning and have personally apologized to him.”
Dorrell’s public and personal apology came a day after his boss, athletic director Rick George, apologized on behalf of his head coach hours after the game.
Tim Wieland, vice president and general manager of CBS’s KCNC-TV subsidiary in Denver, tweeted on Saturday evening that he had spoken with George and “I appreciate his genuine concern for our photojournalist and his sincere apologies, as well as the apologies from Coach Dorrell. “
George’s tweeted apology, however, was heavily criticized on social media as it did not come directly from his head coach.
Dorrell was not asked about the incident and he did not mention it during his post-game press conference. A short video clip of her camera shove was posted on social media a few hours after the match ended.
Dorrell is 5-6 in his two seasons at Boulder. He was hired on February 23, 2020, following Mel Tucker’s abrupt departure for the state of Michigan. COVID-19 shut down all varsity sports about three weeks later and it would take 288 days before Dorrell could complete his first workout.
The Buffs went 4-2 in his debut season when a half-dozen games were called off due to the pandemic. The Buffs lost to Texas in the Alamo Bowl.
They opened this season with a victory over the Lower North Colorado Division, but have since lost to Texas A&M, Minnesota and USC at home and the state of Arizona on the road.
They are on leave next weekend before hosting Arizona on October 16. Dorrell will not have his usual press conference on Monday, but the school said he will be available to reporters after practice on Monday.
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