Hooray! Finally, one loss too many has been enough and Karl Dorrell is gone as coach of the UCLA Bruins football team.
Mr. Dorrell should have been gone about two seasons ago. But, the sad reality is because Mr. Dorrell is black and there are few black head football coaches in NCAA Division I, Mr. Dorrell was given more chances than others would have been given in a similar situation.
Mr. Dorrell was 35-27, but some of his lowlights include a 1-4 record against crosstown rivals USC and one of the four Trojans victories included a close 66-19 drubbing of the Bruins. That should have gotten Mr. Dorrell fired. But it did not. How about a 13-19 record after the sixth game of the season? How about losing to an injury-depleated Utah team 44-6 and to the most abysmal Notre Dame team in most of our lifetimes?
You see, any other program in the nation, including USC would not put up with five seasons of mediocrity. But, when there is a black coach in the mix at a public university, the pressure is intense to keep him on no matter what. It is not UCLA's job to be an equal opportunity employer when they need to win games. It would have also been useful for a program of UCLA's caliber to have at least gone after a better qualified black coach. Yes, there are some.
UCLA took a big risk in hiring Karl Dorrell and stayed with him way too long. It is time to right the ship and hire the most qualified coach, not a quota.