Jacksonville Jaguars coach Urban Meyer has defended his hiring of ex-Iowa assistant coach Chris Doyle. Meyer said Doyle, who has been accused of several Iowa players for racial discrimination, had been vetted “thoroughly” by the team’s general manager and owner.
Iowa last June agreed to pay Doyle $1.1 million in a separation agreement in return for his resignation. The agreement followed complaints logged by several former players who all claimed that Doyle had bullied them. Although Doyle vehemently denied all allegations of discrimination, racism, and bullying, an independent investigation would later determine that the rules of Iowa’s program perpetuated racism and cultural biases, allowing coaches to racially abuse players without any recourse or consequence.
Doyle’s appointment by the Jaguars as part of their 30-person staff profile will include assisting with strength coaching and conditioning. He has been appointed Jacksonville’s new Director of Sports Performance. He previously served Iowa as strength and conditioning coaching coordinator for two decades, from 1999 to 2019.
Meyer has spent nearly a month working to put together a staff profile of assistants able to help him make a successful move to the NFL. His group of choice includes Darrell Bevell (offensive coordinator), Brian Schottenheimer (passing game coordinator), Joe Cullen (defensive coordinator), and Brian Schneider (special teams coordinator). He also appointed former Texas coach Charlie Strong his new assistant head coach and serving as his chief of staff will be Fernando Lovo.
The job at hand, said Meyer on Thursday, is for the Jacksonville Jaguars to become the best outfit in professional football.
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