Longtime Iowa Football strength and conditioning coach Chris Doyle has been hired by the NFL's Jacksonville Jaguars as Director of Sport Performance, the franchise announced Thursday. He and the university reached a separation agreement last summer when former Hawkeye players accused Doyle of mistreatment, some of which was deemed to be racially motivated.
A pair of reports found racial bias in the Iowa Football program. Doyle was the only one who lost his job over it. He was paid $1.1M plus given 15 months of health insurance in the settlement. Doyle denied the allegations.
Jacksonville hired former Ohio State and Florida coach Urban Meyer as its head coach last month. Meyer has been attached to controversy throughout his past.
"I've known Chris for close to 20 years...," Meyer said during a press conference Thursday. "He was doing sports performance before sports performance became a high priority in college sports. I've known him, I've studied him... I vetted him thoroughly. I feel great about the hire."
Here's Urban Meyer's answer about hiring Chris Doyle. Says he, GM and owner vetted him. Translation: they know, they just don't care pic.twitter.com/2EcAuKmuJT— Richard🇬🇾Johnson (@RJ_Writes) February 11, 2021
Doyle came to Iowa with head coach Kirk Ferentz back in 1999. He was credited with physically developing student-athletes for success with the Hawkeyes and preparing them for the NFL.
Doyle also issued a workout that sent players to the hospital back in '11. Ferentz named him Iowa assistant coach of the year that spring and eventually made him the highest paid strength coach in college football. He was scheduled to make more than $1M annually at Iowa for fiscal year '21.