Iowa Board of Regents agrees to settle discrimination lawsuit by seven former Iowa football players
IOWA CITY, Iowa – The University of Iowa and Board of Regents have agreed to settle a discrimination lawsuit filed by seven former Hawkeye football players who accused the program and coaches of racism and harassment.
The announcement was made Monday, a week after the plaintiffs filed for dismissals without prejudice regarding head coach Kirk Ferentz, offensive coordinator Brian Ferentz, athletic director Gary Barta and former strength and conditioning coach Chris Doyle in their official and individual capacities.
According to the proposed settlement, the University would pay $2.175 million, and the state would pay an additional $2 million from its general fund.
In the provisions of the settlement, the players will get tens of thousands in tuition expenses, and a year of mental health counseling. It also requires the University of Iowa to hire a diversity, equity, and inclusion consultant to help the athletic department implement its five-year diversity plan.
State Auditor Rob Sand, who is a member of the State Appeal Board, issued a statement saying he’ll oppose spending state dollars to settle the suit unless AD Barta, quote, “is no longer employed at the university and forfeits any severance or similar pay. “
The Board will consider approving the settlement Monday afternoon. This story will be updated once the vote has been announced.