Iowa and Strength & Conditioning Coach Chris Doyle Part Ways
The University of Iowa announced Monday morning that they have "reached a separation agreement" with Chris Doyle, effective today. According to KCRG, Doyle had been the Executive Director of Football and Head Strength and Conditioning Coach at Iowa since 1999, the first season under current head coach Kirk Ferentz. The separation agreement comes after Doyle was accused of racial disparities by dozens of former Iowa football players.
In this morning's media release, Iowa also announced the University's Office of General Counsel has hired the Husch Blackwell law firm of Kansas City. They will do an independent review of allegations and issues "relating to racial disparities within the football program."
Iowa Athletic Director Gary Barta made this statement in the release:
The University of Iowa has reached a separation agreement with Executive Director of Football and Head Strength and Conditioning Coach Chris Doyle. We wish Chris the best moving forward in his career.
The release included this statement from Chris Doyle:
Iowa City has been home to our family for 21 years. I am grateful Iowa football provided an opportunity to work with incredible players, coaches, and support staff. I have worked diligently to make a positive impact on the lives of student-athletes, support them as they speak out, and look forward to continued growth. I am confident that my record and character will be confirmed in the course of the independent review. The University and I have reached an agreement and it is time to move on from Iowa football. My family and I are looking forward to the next chapter.
Some details of the separation agreement have been revealed. ESPN's Michele Steele says Doyle will receive more than $1 million in severance, along with 15 months of full benefits. She also says it includes an agreement that he will not sue the University of Iowa.
Barta has a 1 p.m. press conference in Iowa City today. Considering the media release says "Iowa will refrain from comment on this matter during the review process," he likely won't have much to say.
Raimond Braithwaite remains the interim director of the Iowa football program's strength and conditioning program.