Urban Meyer defends decision to bring former Iowa strength coach to Jacksonville
New Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Urban Meyer is answering some tough questions after hiring former Iowa strength and conditioning coach Chris Doyle.
The Jaguars announced on Thursday that Doyle has been hired to join Meyer’s staff as the director of sports performance for the franchise. That raised some eyebrows, as Doyle and the University of Iowa agreed to part ways after allegations of mistreatment and “racial disparities” within the Hawkeyes football program were brought to light by former and current players.
Doyle’s name was mentioned multiple times, and both the university and Doyle thought it was best to go separate ways. He had been running the strength and conditioning program at Iowa from 1999-2020 before his time in Iowa City came to an end.
Answering questions on Thursday, Meyer says he’s had a strong relationship with Doyle dating back 20 years and that he and the Jaguars front office thoroughly vetted the strength coach before making the hire.
“I vet everyone on our staff, and like I said, the relationship goes back close to 20 years,” Meyer said. “A lot of hard questions asked. A lot of vetting involved with all our staff. We did a very good job vetting that one.”
When asked if he was concerned about any issues moving forward with Doyle, Meyer said he was “very confident” there would not be any problems.
Meyer was named the next head coach of the Jaguars following the 2020 regular season in the NFL. This will be his first stop at the professional level as a head coach. It will also be Doyle’s first job in the NFL.
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