Vandy hires former UCLA coach Dorrell

Former UCLA coach Karl Dorrell is back in college football as Vanderbilt's offensive coordinator.

The school confirmed Friday the hiring of Dorrell and other assistants joining new coach Derek Mason's staff.

Dorrell posted a 35-27 record in five seasons as the head coach at UCLA before he was fired in 2007. He moved on to the the NFL as an assistant with the Miami Dolphins and the Houston Texans. Last season, Dorrell was quarterbacks coach for the Texans.

His coaching resume also includes stints as offensive coordinator at Washington, Colorado and Northern Arizona.

The Commodores' other new hires were defensive coordinator David Kotulski, running backs/special teams coach Charles Bankins, wide receivers coach Gerry Gdowski, offensive line coach Keven Lightner, outside linebackers coach Kenwick Thompson and defensive line coach Vavae Tata.

"I am very excited to announce our first seven Vanderbilt coaches. We are assembling an outstanding group of coaches to guide the Commodore program," Mason said. "These coaches bring decades of experience and proven success to Vanderbilt.

Two open spots remain on Mason's staff. Mason was named last week to replace James Franklin, who left earlier this month to take the Penn State job vacated when Bill O'Brien was named Texans coach.

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