Monday, April 25, 2011

Iowa Hawkeyes Give Coach of the Year Award to the Strength Coach that put 13 players in the hospital

CLIVE — Kirk Ferentz first got the idea in late January. The topic was the inaugural assistant coach of the year award.  You know where this is headed.  Iowa became immersed in the aftermath of the rhabdomyolysis outbreak that sent 13 players to the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics after a strenuous workout in late January.  The outbreak, which a UI investigation later concluded had no root cause, happened under the watch of strength and conditioning coach Chris Doyle, who bore the brunt of the waves of national criticism.  Tuesday night, Ferentz said a lot of the lessons players learn start with the strength and conditioning program and then announced to the Polk County I-Club that Doyle was Iowa’s most valuable coach of the year.  Doyle, who declined an interview request, accepted to a standing ovation and loud cheers. He also spoke publiclly for the first time since the rhabdo outbreak.  “We know we have an obligation to the people of the state of Iowa to come to work everyday and build a program that represents this state and the people in it the way they’d want it run. And we’re going to continue to do that.”

   You're god damn right we're gonna keep doing it. Not because we want to, but because we have to. We don't win games in Iowa City because we are talented. We don't win the 2nd most games in the Big Ten over the last 10 years (Ohio St cheats) because we get 4 and 5 star athletes to sign with us.
   What we do is work harder than everyone else in the league. And there's a reason we had
five Iowa Hawkeye seniors and two juniors were invited to the 2010 NFL Combine, most players of any Big Ten team, and close to tops in college football.  There's a reason we've turned 18 year old nobody's into 1st round picks. There's a reason we carry the Big Ten conference come Bowl Season, and that reason is Chris Doyle.
  The guy is the best in the business. Former Hawkeyes Chad Greenway, Bob Sanders, Dallas Clark, and others, all praise Doyle for what he has done for their careers. So while others will laugh and comment about him getting  this coach of the year award, I find it fucking refreshing. I applaud Coach Ferentz for standing behind the guy that makes this program what it is: a tough nosed, blue collar team focused on running the ball down your throats and stopping the run on D.
   Chris Doyle gets our big uglies to do just that. So if a couple of players get rhabdomyolysis in their vaginas, then so be it. Chris Doyle is more than just a coach of the year award recipient, he is also ...........A Real American.

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