Gone Baby Gone: Farewell, Dillon Doyle

By Patrick Vint on June 10, 2020 at 1:29 pm
Dillon Doyle
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Doyle's out at Iowa.*

(* -- Not that Doyle.)

Obviously, it's no surprise that Dillon Doyle, the son of embattled strength coach Chris Doyle, has decided to leave the program.  His dad is on administrative leave, and both the volume and seriousness of the allegations against him from former players is enough for most to presume he won't be back.  Even if Chris Doyle is somehow allowed to return to Iowa's sideline, the allegations have at least touched on Dillon's position on the team, the unfortunate stain of nepotism on top of the current scandal.  It's certainly sad for a kid who has done nothing wrong, but this was inevitable. 

The timing of the departure -- after rosters and scholarship numbers are effectively set -- could mean Doyle is paying his way through school next year.  That might not mean much, given that his dad was famously the highest-paid strength coach in the country, but it probably also means that Chris Doyle sees the writing on the wall, as well.

Doyle used the new NCAA redshirt rule to play in four games as a true freshman in 2018, and saw action in all 13 games last season.  He got three starts mid-season, and recorded seven tackles each against Northwestern and Wisconsin.  

True sophomore Jack Campbell was probably neck-and-neck with Doyle for the starting middle linebacker spot headed into next year, and is now the likely starter in that spot.  Losing Doyle is certainly a blow for depth and experience, but Iowa never really has a shortage of linebackers (especially now that we're apparently doing the 4-2-5 thing again).

Farewell, Dillon.  Best of luck in your future endeavors.

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