Urban Meyer, Jacksonville Jaguars were subpoenaed for information regarding hiring of dismissed coach
The decision to hire Chris Doyle continues to follow Urban Meyer. The Florida Times-Union reports that the Jacksonville Jaguars and their first-year head coach were subpoenaed by the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Iowa for documents, electronic transmissions and other evidence related to the hiring and resignation of Doyle.
The subpoenas are tied to the $20 million racial discrimination civil lawsuit filed against the University of Iowa on Nov. 12 by eight former Hawkeye players. Doyle was Iowa’s strength coach until he was fired on June 15, 2020.
Doyle was hired to Meyer’s staff as the director of sports performance on Feb. 10. Meyer and the Jaguars were heavily criticized for hiring Doyle, who was fired from Iowa after allegations of racist comments and behavior. Doyle resigned from Jacksonville on Feb. 12.
The Jaguars issued a statement to The Times-Union saying they will cooperate with the subpoenas but do not believe Doyle’s brief time with the organization is relevant to the civil suit against Iowa:
“We respect and will cooperate with the legal process as required,” the statement said. “However, the Jaguars have no information that would be relevant to the lawsuit between student-athletes and the University of Iowa.”
The Times-Union report states that the subpoenas were issued on June 4 and evidence was required to be produced by July 9.