Second-year Iowa linebacker Dillon Doyle, son of Hawkeyes coach on leave, enters transfer portal

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Second-year Iowa linebacker Dillon Doyle, son of Hawkeyes strength and fitness coach Chris Doyle, announced Tuesday that he is entering the transfer portal.Dillon Doyle’s decision comes three days after Iowa placed Chris Doyle on administrative leave pending an external investigation into a series of claims by former players of ill-treatment. Since Friday, dozens of black players who have played for Iowa have talked about their experiences with the program, many of them directing their reviews to Doyle.

On Sunday, Chris Doyle defended himself against these claims, issuing a statement that reads in part: “At no time have I crossed the line of unethical or race-based bias. I do not make racist comments and I do not tolerate people I am convinced that a full review of all the work over 21 years will speak for itself and I am convinced that the process will respect the rights and experiences of all parties involved. ”

Dillon Doyle did not directly refer to his father’s situation when he announced his departure.

“Growing up in Iowa City, I have always dreamed of wearing the Tiger Hawk, and I am very proud to represent the state of Iowa in the past two seasons,” he wrote on Twitter. “The relationships I have forged through this program will last forever, and I am extremely grateful to everyone I met during my stay here.

“I want to thank my teammates and other members of the community for the tremendous support I have received in recent years. ”

Dillon Doyle appeared in 13 Iowa games last season, recording 23 tackles and one fumble. He appeared in four games as a real recruit in 2018, mainly in special teams. He attended West High in Iowa City.

Chris Doyle has led Iowa’s bodybuilding and fitness program since 1999, the first year of head coach Kirk Ferentz.

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