Iowa Fires Strength and Conditioning Coach Amid Recent Racial Controversy

Iowa has fired its strength and conditioning coach Chris Doyle.
Iowa has fired its strength and conditioning coach Chris Doyle. | Matthew Holst/Getty Images

Iowa has finally come to a decision regarding the future of strength and conditioning coach Chris Doyle, who has been accused by former players of being the prominent figure in a culture that held black players to a double standard.

Per college football insider Brett McMurphy, the Hawkeyes fired Doyle on Monday. Additionally, the university has held discussions with local law enforcement about conducting a more thorough investigation into the allegations of "racial disparities within the football program."

Amid the civil unrest sparked by George Floyd's murder, several former Iowa players came forward on Twitter to recount instances of Doyle belittling them from a racial perspective. This included berating players who sported cornrows and tattoos, as well as stepping on his players' fingers during pre-workout stretches.

As part of Doyle's settlement agreement with Iowa, the embattled strength coach will receive a $1.1 million buyout and full health benefits for the next 15 months.

Doyle held his post with the Hawkeyes throughout the entirety of head coach Kirk Ferentz's tenure with the program, starting in 1999. This news was expected, as it comes shortly after Ferentz announced the decision to place his assistant on administrative leave this weekend.