Dorrell does have experience coaching at the college level and in the Pac-12 Conference, as he was the coach of the UCLA Bruins from 2003 to 2007. In that time, he led the Bruins to five bowl game appearances, and went 35-27 overall out west. The coach was fired after the 2007 campaign, despite a bowl game appearance that season.
The Buffaloes were reportedly targeting Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy, who was a star running back for Colorado from 1987 to 1990. Although, Bieniemy, who has been targeted by numerous college and NFL teams this off-season, officially withdrew his name from the conversation earlier this week. Steve Sarkisian did the same in the last few days, leaving the 56-year-old Dorrell as the best option available. This will be his first college level coaching job since the 2014 season when he was Vanderbilt's offensive coordinator.