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Dorrell Relieves Rodrigue of Offensive Line Coaching Duties

Oct 25, 2021

BOULDER — University of Colorado head football coach Karl Dorrell announced Monday that he has relieved offensive line coach Mitch Rodrigue of his duties, effective immediately.

Coaching the linemen for the remainder of the season will be handled internally.  Graduate assistant Donovan Williams has been working with the line for the better part of the last two seasons and has previous experience coaching linemen as a graduate assistant.  Also on staff is William Vlachos, who has been in quality control, specifically as the defensive blitz and offensive front specialist; he was an All-American center for Alabama as a senior in 2011 and has spent the majority of his coaching career working with the offensive line.

Rodrigue joined Dorrell's original Colorado staff in March 2020 and coached 13 games for the Buffaloes.  He signed a two-year contract at the time of his hiring that runs through Feb. 14, 2022; athletic director Rick George said the school will meet the terms of the contract.

"I felt this was the appropriate time to make a change," Dorrell said.  "We still have five games remaining in the season and can work hard to do what we can to improve our offensive line play.  We have struggled most of the season, and without much consistency up front it's been hard to find an identity for our offense.  Not all of this is on Mitch, but in the end it falls on the coaches."

Colorado (2-5 overall, 1-3 Pac-12) remains on the conference road this Saturday, traveling to Eugene to face No. 7 Oregon in a 1:30 p.m. MDT game on FOX.