Colorado formally announced Karl Dorrell on Sunday, and coupled with that announcement was a full disclosure on how much he'll be paid to coach the Buffs.
Pending board approval, Colorado will give Dorrell a 5-year contract worth a total of $18 million. His salary will start at $3.2 million in 2020 and rise $200,000 annually, topping out at $4 million in 2020.
That $3.2 million salary represents an $800,000 raise -- 33 percent -- from what Mel Tucker earned in his first year in Boulder and would have been seventh in the Pac-12 in 2019 dollars.
Dorrell's assistant salary pool will be $3.8 million, a $655,000 increase from Tucker's and also seventh in the Pac-12.
According to this accounting, however, he will be third in the conference in 2020.
"I'm excited to be back, it's like coming home," Dorrell said. "The thing that excited me about this job is that my experience in the past here for the most part has been very successful. We had a lot of good teams, went to a lot of good bowl games. It's a top caliber program that has a lot of potential, and I'm excited to return it to that level."
Dorrell worked at Colorado twice previously, as the wide receivers coach under Bill McCartney from 1992-93 and as offensive coordinator under Rick Neuheisel from 1995-98.
"I am excited that Karl Dorrell has agreed to become our head football coach," CU AD Rick George said. "Karl has had great success as a college coach, both as a head coach and an assistant, and he knows the Pac-12 Conference and West Coast well. It was important that our next coach have CU ties, and Karl has those ties having worked at CU twice previously. Karl shares my passion for Colorado and our vision for winning championships. He will be a tremendous mentor and role model for our student-athletes, and he will provide great leadership for our program going forward."
With Dorrell in place, all 130 FBS head coaching positions have been filled for the 2020 campaign barring any other changes.
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