Iowa strength coach Chris Doyle placed on leave after allegations
Iowa strength and conditioning coach Chris Doyle has been placed on administrative leave after he was the center of accusations of being racist towards black players in the past.
Iowa head coach Kirk Ferentz released a video on Saturday addressing the situation. The Iowa program also shared a statement on social media and said they would lift their policy of keeping players off social media.
— Hawkeye Football (@HawkeyeFootball) June 6, 2020
Former Hawkeyes players shared their stories on social media about Doyle’s behavior. One player, Manny Rugamba, shared a note on Twitter about two incidents involving Doyle.
— Emmanuel Rugamba (@BooRadd_) June 6, 2020
Terrance Pryor, who was with the program from 2008-2011, shared a story about Doyle as well.
Time for the truth: pic.twitter.com/aBeVbtfvc4
— Terrance Pryor (@Tpryor51) June 6, 2020
Former lineman James Daniels credits Doyle and Brian Ferentz for helping him in his career, but agreed with another player who said those two coaches are part of the problem.
I wouldn’t be in the league without Coach Doyle and BF. But Jaleel is right, change needs to start with those two. https://t.co/GrMeEF4VGK
— James Daniels (@jamsdans) June 6, 2020
Doyle, 51, has been the strength coach at Iowa since 1999, which is when Ferentz took over the program.