Less than two weeks after former Iowa football players claimed there were racial disparities within the program, several examples of which included Chris Doyle, the athletic department has decided to part ways with the strength and conditioning coach.
Iowa released a statement on Monday saying it had come to a separation agreement with Doyle. It is effective June 15, 2020.
“The University of Iowa has reached a separation agreement with Executive Director of Football and Head Strength and Conditioning Coach Chris Doyle,” said athletic director Gary Barta in a statement. “We wish Chris the best moving forward in his career.”
Raimond Braithwaite will continue as interim director of the football strength and conditioning program. He had been appointed to take over in that role when Doyle was placed on administrative leave by head coach Kirk Ferentz.
In addition to the separation agreement, the University of Iowa Office of General Counsel has reached out to the Husch Blackwell law firm in Kansas City to conduct an independent investigation into the accusations.
“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,” Doyle said in a statement. “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.”
Doyle was the strength and conditioning coach at Iowa for 21 seasons.