Longtime Iowa strength and conditioning coach Chris Doyle, in a statement Sunday, denied ever having “crossed the line of unethical behavior or bias based upon race,” claiming, “There have been statements made about my behavior that are not true.”

Hawkeyes coach Kirk Ferentz announced Saturday that Doyle had been put on administrative leave, pending an independent review, after a growing group of former football players spoke out about negative experiences they and other black players had while at Iowa and under Doyle’s supervision.

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Doyle has led Iowa’s strength and conditioning program since 1999, spanning Ferentz’s entire tenure as head coach. He is the nation’s highest-paid strength coach, earning $800,000 annually.

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