Replacing Carl Dorrell in Colorado: Candidates range from current SEC coach to NFL OC

Paul Christ’s ouster from Wisconsin on Sunday was a surprise. But Carl Dorrell? Not at all.

Colorado is 0-5 and 4-13 the past two seasons. By Power 5 standards, the list is horrible. This will be a very tough job. It doesn’t have a great recruiting base, and it’s wobbly positioned in terms of conference stability. Dating back to the 2004-05 season, Colorado hasn’t had a winning streak in nearly 20 years. In the past 20 years, there has been only one first 25 season and one without. 17th in 2016 led by Mike MacIntyre.

How does Colorado solve this problem? Who wants to try it? The latter is equally important.

We think Colorado will try to focus the search on candidates with head coaching experience, but we think Buffalo might consider some who don’t have that experience.

Candidates with head coaching experience

Bronco Mendenhall: Former BYU and Virginia coach Bronco Mendenhall is available. He’s a defensive-minded coach who had a good run at Virginia State after going 99-43 at BYU. He knew the area well and felt like a safe employee. Will he ignite the fan base? Probably not, but can he develop the Buffaloes into a bowl team? perhaps.

Kalani Sitake: The guy who followed Mendenhall at BYU, Sitake also makes sense. His team was always in good physical shape and played hard.

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