Iowa and head coach Kirk Ferentz shared a statement this afternoon that director of strength and conditioning Chris Doyle has been placed on administrative leave.
Doyle, college football’s highest paid strength coach and longtime right hand to coach Ferentz, came under fire by former players last night who shared some highly questionable comments made by the longtime Hawkeyes strength coach. Doyle joined the Iowa staff when Ferentz was hired to lead the program back in 1999.
An independent review will take place, and Ferentz shares that a decision about how to move foward will be made after that.
In the wake of this, Ferentz has announced the plans for an advisory committee, chaired by a former player and made up of a diverse group of current players and some department staff. The goal of that group is to “examine where we are today and how we can have a better environment tomorrow,” Ferentz shared.
Ferentz ends the video statement by saying:
“These are painful times. As a leader you can learn a lot by listening but then you must take action. Finally, I told the team that change begins with us, but truly change begins with me.”
See the full statement, and video from coach Ferentz and Iowa below.
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