BOULDER, Colo. (AP) – University of Colorado athletic director Rick George has apologized on behalf of Buffaloes football coach Karl Dorrell, who pushed the camera of a photojournalist trotting off Folsom Field following a searing loss to Southern California on Saturday.
“Coach Dorrell sends his apologies to the local reporter he intercepted after today’s game,” George tweeted about three hours after the Trojans sent the Buffs to their fourth straight loss with a rout of 37 -14. “We treat journalists with respect and apologize for not doing so today.”
Tim Wieland, vice president and general manager of CBS’s KCNC-TV subsidiary in Denver, tweeted, “I just spoke with Rick. I appreciate his genuine concern for our photojournalist and his sincere apologies, as well as Coach Dorrell’s apology.
George’s tweeted apology, however, was heavily criticized on social media as the apology did not come directly from his head coach. Others mocked George for calling Dorrell’s actions an interception.
Dorrell was not asked about the incident and he did not mention it during his post-game press conference. A short video clip was posted on social media 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 Arizona State on the road.
They are on leave next weekend before hosting Arizona on October 16.