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Urban Meyer of Jaguars slammed for hiring Chris Doyle, accused of racism and bullying in Iowa

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Jaguars coach Urban Meyer has already made a controversial hire for his first staff in Jacksonville.

The team, which announced their full roster on Thursday, announced the hiring of Chris Doyle as director of athletic performance. Doyle enters the NFL after a 21-year stint as the Iowa strength and conditioning coach – a tenure that ended amid allegations of racism and bullying of players by the coach.

Doyle was put on administrative leave by the program on June 6, 2020, a day after former Iowa offensive lineman James Daniels – now with the Bears – accused Iowa of “racial disparities” in his career. treatment of players. Dozens of former players followed with social media posts discussing their experiences, many with Doyle.

The next day, Doyle issued a statement saying that “at no time have I crossed the line of unethical behavior or racial bias. I do not make racist comments and I do not tolerate people who do.” Iowa on June 15, 2020, announced that it had separated from Doyle, who received $ 1.1 million as part of the separation agreement.

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There are concerns that Meyer is even considering hiring Doyle to coach his predominantly black team.

These are sharper given that this isn’t the first time he’s been criticized for his association with assistants: he retained Zach Smith as his graduate assistant in Florida after learning he was arrested during ‘an incident of domestic violence in 2009 with his wife Courtney Smith. He also hired Zach Smith to coach his receivers at Ohio State in 2012, with documents later showing he was aware of domestic violence issues in the Smith’s marriage.

Meyer, responding to questions about his staff on Thursday, said he had known Doyle for 20 years and that he, managing director Trent Baalke and owner Shahid Khan had reviewed him.

“I reviewed it thoroughly, along with our general manager and owner,” Meyer said. “I feel good about the hire, his expertise there. So we looked at him carefully.”

Regardless of Meyer’s explanation, his choice drew a lot of criticism on social media:


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