July 21, 2006
UCLA head football coach Karl Dorrell and the University have agreed on a new five-year contract, athletic director Dan Guerrero announced today. The new contract includes guaranteed compensation of $850,000 plus a new incentive package with a maximum of $505,000 and runs through the 2010 season. In addition, Dorrell can earn and additional $500,000 if he fulfills the entire five years of the agreement.
His previous contract, originally signed prior to his first (2003) season, paid Dorrell $600,000 plus incentives.
The new contract was recently approved by the Regents of the University of California.
"We are excited about the direction of the program," said Guerrero. "The 2005 season was an outstanding one for our team, winning 10 games, playing exciting football and demonstrating the ability and heart to rally for victories. Karl is an outstanding leader, and we feel the future of UCLA football is very bright with him in control."
In 2005, UCLA won 10 games for only the seventh time in school history, finishing the year with a 50-38 victory over Northwestern in the Vitalis Sun Bowl. The Bruins passed for 3,244 yards, the second-highest total in school history; scored 469 points, the fourth-most in school history; and accounted for 5,172 yards of total offense, the fifth-highest total by any UCLA team. The Bruins were ranked No. 13 on the USA Today Coaches poll and No. 16 by Associated Press.
"There is no place I would rather be coaching than at UCLA," said Dorrell, 42. "My goal, and the goal of our staff, players and administration, is to keep building this program to the level necessary to compete for the Pac-10 title every year and to contend for a national championship. We made some major strides this year, but there is still a lot of work to be done in order to get our program to the point where it is at the elite level year in and year out.
"I want to thank Dan Guerrero for his continued support as we continue to build the UCLA football program to greatness."
Karl Dorrell led the Bruins to a 10-2 record last season