Iowa announces 'separation agreement' with Chris Doyle, nation's highest-paid strength coach
After being placed on administrative leave last week, Iowa and longtime strength coach Chris Doyle have agreed to a “separation agreement” effective immediately.
If you haven’t been following the story, several former Iowa players have come out and accused Doyle of inappropriate behavior and called for a “cultural change” to take place at Iowa.
Doyle was the nation’s highest-paid strength coach last season at Iowa, with an annual salary of over $800,000. Doyle’s son was a member of the Iowa program but he has since entered the NCAA transfer portal.
Here is the official statement on the matter from Iowa:
“The University of Iowa has reached a separation agreement with Executive Director of Football and Head Strength and Conditioning Coach Chris Doyle, effective June 15, 2020. In addition, the University of Iowa Office of General Counsel has engaged the Kansas City law firm of Husch Blackwell to conduct an independent review of issues and allegations relating to racial disparities within the football program. As previously announced, Raimond Braithwaite will continue as interim director of the football strength and conditioning program.
Doyle also issued a statement following the news:
“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. 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.”