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Strength coach Doyle talks about rhabdo

[ 20 ] April 19, 2011 |

Iowa strength coach Chris Doyle talked briefly about the rhabdomyolysis situation while addressing the Polk County I-Club Tuesday night.

“We went through a very unusual occurrence back in January,” he said. “We worked through that. Sometimes when you suffer adversity, you really find out what you’re made of. That’s true in this case.”

A university investigation found no wrongdoing among the football staff, although they recommended the strenuous workout that forced 13 players to be hospitalized be eliminated.

Doyle was named assistant coach of the year by Ferentz on Tuesday. This is the first year Ferentz has given the award, but it will become an annual honor.

Doyle was given a standing ovation when Ferentz introduced him at the I-Club event.

“Kirk does his best stuff during tough times,” Doyle went on, speaking about coach Kirk Ferentz. “The leadership from Sally Mason and Gary Barta has been incredible.

“Most important, the athletes and families involved this past winter — their character and their strength allowed us to move forward.”

Doyle would not answer questions from reporters.

Category: Iowa Hawkeyes Football

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