Dorrell, who was fired last week after the Bruins finished 6-6
this season, was seen in the passenger seat of a convertible near
Cameron Indoor Stadium.
Don Yee, Dorrell's Los Angeles-based agent, declined to comment,
while athletic director Joe Alleva did not return a telephone
message left by The Associated Press.
Duke is looking for a replacement for Ted Roof, who was fired
Nov. 26 after wrapping up a 1-11 season with a ninth straight loss.
The Blue Devils went 6-45 during Roof's four-plus seasons in
Dorrell, who will be 44 on Dec. 18, surfaced as a possible
candidate late last week. Others believed to be under consideration
include Vanderbilt's Bobby Johnson, and former East Carolina coach
and Boston College assistant Steve Logan.
Vanderbilt Vice Chancellor David Williams says the university
granted Duke permission to speak with Johnson, who was meeting with
the Blue Devils on Monday in Durham, N.C.
Williams said he was scheduled to meet with Johnson later in the
evening when he returned. He said Vanderbilt is happy with
Johnson's performance, and intends to keep the coach in Nashville.
One of Duke's top choices, former Navy coach Paul Johnson, was
hired last week by Georgia Tech. Former North Carolina Central and
current Grambling State coach Rod Broadway also is known to have
interviewed for the Duke job.
If hired, Dorrell would become Duke's first black head coach in
any sport. He went 35-27 with five bowl appearances during his
five-year tenure at UCLA.
Alleva has said he wants to hire someone with head coaching
experience in the Football Bowl Subdivision, formerly Division I-A,
and with a reputation for developing offenses.
Under Dorrell, the 2005 Pac-10 coach of the year, Drew Olson set four school passing records and led the Bruins to a 10-2 finish and
a No. 16 national ranking that season.
Their 7-6 record a year ago was marked by an upset of then-No. 2
Southern California that knocked the Trojans from the national
The Bruins closed this season with losses in five of seven games -- yet entered the annual season finale against USC with an outside
chance at a Rose Bowl berth. But two days after USC's 24-7 victory,
Dorrell was fired, and he announced later last week that he would
not coach the team in its Las Vegas Bowl appearance against BYU.