A day after it was announced that Chris Doyle would be the Jacksonville Jaguars' director of sports performance, the franchise announced Friday night that the longtime University of Iowa Football strength coach was resigning. Doyle and the Iowa came to a separation agreement last summer after he was accused by former players of mistreatment, including racial bias.
Doyle's resignation became public in the form of a joint statement from head coach Urban Meyer and general manager Trent Baalke:
"Chris Doyle came to us this evening to submit his resignation and we have accepted. Chris did not want to be a distraction to what we are building in Jacksonville. We are responsible for all aspects of our program and, in retrospect, should have given greater consideration to how his appointment may have affected all involved. We wish him the best as he moves forward in his career."
The Fritz Pollard Alliance, which works closely with the NFL on championing diversity in the league, voiced its displeasure with the Doyle hire. That came several weeks after praising the Jaguars' franchise.
Doyle left Iowa last June after a group of former Hawkeye student-athletes levied accusations. The Iowa program was found to have been racially bias towards its student-athletes in two reports, one internal and one external.