An group that promotes variety within the N.F.L. on Friday criticized the Jacksonville Jaguars’ current hiring of Chris Doyle, who left the University of Iowa’s soccer workers final 12 months after a quantity of present and former Hawkeyes gamers mentioned he had fostered a tradition of bullying and racism.
An announcement from the Fritz Pollard Alliance, which is known as for the primary Black head coach within the N.F.L., mentioned the Jaguars’ choice to make Doyle their director of sports activities efficiency was “simply unacceptable.”
“Doyle’s departure from the University of Iowa reflected a tenure riddled with poor judgment and mistreatment of Black players,” Rod Graves, the chief director of the Fritz Pollard Alliance, mentioned within the assertion. “His conduct should be as disqualifying for the N.F.L. as it was for University of Iowa.”
Doyle, who was Iowa’s energy and conditioning coach, reached a separation settlement with the college in June, ending twenty years of work there.
The Jaguars introduced on Thursday that Doyle had joined the workers of Urban Meyer, who was named Jacksonville’s head coach final month. Meyer, who gained two school nationwide championships as the top coach at Florida and one at Ohio State, has not coached since 2018 and has by no means labored within the N.F.L. earlier than.
The hiring of Doyle, who’s white, comes at a time of intense scrutiny of the N.F.L.’s hiring practices and questions on whether or not minority candidates for teaching jobs have equal alternatives to be employed.
“I’ve known Chris for close to 20 years,” Meyer mentioned on Thursday when questioned about hiring somebody who had been accused of mistreating Black athletes. Doyle was the energy coach on the University of Utah within the late 1990s, a couple of years earlier than Meyer was employed as the top coach there.
“Urban Meyer’s statement, ‘I’ve known Chris for close to 20 years,’ reflects the good ol’ boy network that is precisely the reason there is such a disparity in employment opportunities for Black coaches,” Graves mentioned within the assertion.
Neither the N.F.L. nor the Jaguars responded to a request for touch upon the Fritz Pollard Alliance’s assertion.
During a information convention final week, N.F.L. Commissioner Roger Goodell mentioned that he was not glad with the speed at which coaches of colour have been employed within the N.F.L., which has 32 groups.
“It wasn’t what we expected,” he mentioned of the variety within the spherical of hirings after the 2020 season, “and it’s not what we expect going forward.”
Of the seven head coaches employed because the finish of the common season, simply two have been nonwhite. Last 12 months one of 5 head teaching jobs went to a minority candidate, and the 12 months earlier than only one in eight.
Over the final three years 80 % of head teaching jobs have gone to white candidates, although gamers of colour made up 69.four % of the N.F.L. this season, based on the Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport.
After the Jaguars employed Meyer and General Manager Trent Baalke, who’re each white, final month, Graves praised the group for interviewing a number of minority candidates and for in search of enter from the Fritz Pollard Alliance.
“I cannot argue that the process didn’t meet the standard of fair, open and competitive,” Graves told The Florida Times-Union.
The hiring of Doyle, however, raised issues beyond the N.F.L.’s commitment to diverse hiring.
Before Doyle left Iowa, Emmanuel Rugamba, a former Hawkeyes defensive back, gave multiple examples of the coach demeaning players with negative racial stereotypes. Rugamba said in a tweet that one day after a Black player walked away from Doyle, the coach said, “Why you walking wit all that swagger I’ll put you back on the streets.”
James Daniels, a Chicago Bears offensive lineman and a former Hawkeye, tweeted over the summer: “There are too many racial disparities in the Iowa football program. Black players have been treated unfairly for far too long.”
Doyle also presided over an off-season workout in 2011 that resulted in the hospitalization of 13 players.