Dorrell fired despite postseason record

December 04, 2007

UCLA coach Karl Dorrell was fired yesterday, a day after the Bruins accepted a bowl bid and two days after a loss to cross-town rival Southern California.

Dorrell, 43, was let go despite leading the Bruins to a postseason game in each of his five seasons at UCLA, which had an outside chance to reach the Rose Bowl before its 24-7 loss to USC over the weekend.

Dorrell had a 35-27 record. UCLA (6-6) will play Brigham Young (10-2) in the Las Vegas Bowl on Dec. 22. Bruins athletic director Dan Guerrero said Dorrell will decide whether he wants to coach that game.

Academic standards -- More bowl-bound Division I football programs are meeting the NCAA's minimum acceptable academic standards than last year, according to a study. The report by the Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport at the University of Central Florida found that of the 64 teams headed for bowls, 73 percent earned recent Academic Progress Rate scores of above 925, which means they would not be subject to NCAA penalties. In 2006, only 63 percent met the cutoff. Navy was the bowl-bound program with the most impressive APR and graduation rate numbers. Navy had an APR of 982, with 95 percent of football players and 89 percent of black players graduating.

Unitas Award -- Boston College quarterback Matt Ryan has been selected this year's winner of the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award. Ryan has passed for 4,258 yards and a school-record 28 touchdowns this season.

Nagurski Trophy -- LSU defensive tackle Glenn Dorsey won the Bronko Nagurski Trophy, awarded to the nation's top defensive player by the Charlotte (N.C.) Touchdown Club.

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