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University of Colorado Boulder’s  head coach, Karl Dorrell, before the USC game  in Boulder on October 2, 2021. (Cliff Grassmick/Staff Photographer)
University of Colorado Boulder’s head coach, Karl Dorrell, before the USC game in Boulder on October 2, 2021. (Cliff Grassmick/Staff Photographer)
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Colorado head football coach Karl Dorrell issued an apology on Sunday for pushing the camera of a local photojournalist while running off the field Saturday following a 37-14 loss to Southern California at Folsom Field.

A photojournalist from CBS-4 TV in Denver was filming Dorrell after the game and the seven-second clip shows Dorrell reaching his hand out and pushing the camera out of the way.

“I want to apologize for the incident at the end of our game Saturday,” Dorrell said in a statement released by CU. “We do value the media and the coverage they provide for our program, and this was strictly in the heat of the moment.  That’s not who I am, and I hope people who have known me through the years do realize that.  I did reach out and spoke directly this morning to the videographer from CBS-4 and personally apologized to him.”

On Saturday, CU athletic director Rick George tweeted an apology on behalf of Dorrell, writing: “Coach Dorrell sends his apologies to the local journalist who he intercepted after today’s game. We treat journalists with respect and apologize for falling short of that today.”

Shortly after George’s tweet, Tim Wieland, the vice president and general manager of CBS-4, tweeted, “I just spoke with Rick. I appreciate his genuine concern for our photojournalist and his sincere apology, along with the apology from Coach Dorrell.”

Dorrell is 5-6 during his tenure with the Buffs, who are currently on a four-game losing streak. After a 4-0 start to the COVID-19 pandemic-shortened 2020 season, Dorrell’s Buffs are 1-6 in their last seven games. Saturday’s loss to USC was the third consecutive lopsided defeat.

CU has a bye this week and will return to the field Oct. 16 against Arizona at Folsom Field.

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