Iowa places strength coach on leave after ex-players reveal culture issues
Iowa has placed strength and conditioning coach Chris Doyle on administrative leave after a number of former football players spoke out against unfair treatment during their time with the program.
"This is a defining moment for the Iowa Hawkeye football program," head coach Kirk Ferentz said. "Over the past 24 hours, I've seen some difficult and heartbreaking posts on social media."
"This is a process that's going to take some time, but change, again, starts by listening first," he added.
A collection of ex-Hawkeyes took to Twitter on Friday to voice concerns about Doyle, citing culture issues within the team and mistreatment.
The torrent of comments led Ferentz to release a statement Friday night, but action wasn't immediately taken. The coach announced Saturday he would form an advisory committee, hoping to achieve a more stable culture at Iowa.
Doyle is the highest-paid strength coach in the country, making $800,000 in base salary, according to Chad Leistikow of the Des Moines Register.