Back in January, 13 Iowa football players were hospitalized for treatment of "exertional rhabdomyolysis," or an "acute breakdown of muscle fibers resulting in the release of muscle fiber contents (myoglobin) into the bloodstream." Basically, the Hawkeyes were pushed too hard in their workout routine, which was overseen by the university's strength and conditioning coach and recently crowned assistant of the year, Chris Doyle.
Last week, Iowa head coach Kirk Ferentz presented Doyle with the inaugural award at an event hosted by a Hawkeye booster club. Doyle accepted the honor with a standing ovation from the crowd.
UI conducted an investigation that cleared Doyle, and other coaches, from any wrongdoing, but he hadn't spoken publicly until the ceremony last Tuesday. "We went through some well-documented difficult times this past offseason," Doyle told the crowd. "Sometimes when we face adversity, you really find out what you're made out of."
Yes. Like myoglobin, for one thing.
Ferentz awards Doyle assistant of the year [The Gazette]
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