Doyle was let go by Iowa last summer after more than two decades at the school. The veteran assistant and close confidant of head coach Kirk Ferentz was accused by multiple athletes of bullying and mistreatment based on race.
Meyer immediately took heat for the move once it was announced today. During a conversation with reporters, the first-year head coach was asked about his decision to bring Doyle into the fold.
“I’ve known him. I’ve studied him. We’ve had a relationship,” Meyer said. “I vetted him thoroughly along with our general manager and hire. I feel great about the hire and his expertise at that position.”
Here's Urban Meyer's answer about hiring Chris Doyle. Says he, GM and owner vetted him.
Translation: they know, they just don't care pic.twitter.com/2EcAuKmuJT
— Richard🇬🇾Johnson (@RJ_Writes) February 11, 2021
Meyer’s answer is likely not going to suffice for many people, and there is definitely a risk hiring Doyle.
Again, we’re talking about a guy who had enough credible accusations levied against him by his former athletes that he was let go after 20-plus years at his old place of employment.
— Mark Ennis (@MarkEnnis) February 11, 2021
Time will tell how this hire plays out. If Doyle hasn’t changed, it will get out publicly.