The task of rebuilding his new coaching staff following the departure of James Franklin for Penn State continues, with Derek Mason reportedly set to add an experienced piece to the offensive side of the ball.
Jeff Lockridge of The Tennessean is reporting that Karl Dorrell is set to become the Commodores’ new offensive coordinator. The move is pending universal approval, the paper wrote.
Most recently, Dorrell served as the quarterbacks coach of the Houston Texans. He found himself jobless following the firing of head coach Gary Kubiak and hiring of former Penn State head coach Bill O’Brien.
Dorrell has been an assistant at the NFL level for the past decade and a half, the lone exception being a five-year stint as the head coach at UCLA. The Bruins were 35-27 under Dorrell from 2003-07 before Dorrell was fired and replaced by Rick Neuheisel.
Dorrell has served as a coordinator for two different college programs: Northern Arizona (1990-91 and Colorado (1995-98). Mason was a Lumberjacks cornerback during Dorrell’s time as coordinator at Northern Arizona.
This hire would mean Mason has reportedly filled two of the most important positions on his staff, with Stanford linebackers coach Dave Kotulski confirming over the weekend that he would be following Mason to the Commodores as defensive coordinator.
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