LOS ANGELES -- Ousted UCLA football coach Karl Dorrell has
decided not to coach the Bruins when they play BYU in the Las Vegas
Defensive coordinator DeWayne Walker will serve as interim coach
for the Dec. 22 game.
When UCLA athletic director Dan Guerrero fired Dorrell on
Monday, Guerrero told Dorrell he could coach the team in the Dec.
22 game if he wished.
"I appreciate the opportunity to coach in the bowl game, but I
have decided it is in the best interests of the program for me to
decline that opportunity," Dorrell said Tuesday. "The game should
be about the players, especially the seniors.
"While I would love to take the field with these young men one
last time, I felt that my situation would take the focus away from
our players and their efforts and that's the last thing I would
want to do."
Dorrell, UCLA's coach for five years, was fired after the Bruins
finished the regular season 6-6, with the final loss a 24-7 defeat
by rival Southern California last weekend. He finished with a 35-27
record during his five years in the job, his first as a head coach.
The game against BYU (10-2) will be a rematch. UCLA beat the
Cougars 27-17 on Sept. 8 at the Rose Bowl.