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Court: Black ex-Hawkeyes can proceed with parts of lawsuit

Offensive coordinator Brian Ferentz and former strength coach Chris Doyle remain the focal points of the lawsuit filed in Iowa’s southern district.

IOWA CITY, Iowa — Editor's Note: The video above is from June 3, 2020. 

A federal judge has ruled a lawsuit brought by a group of former Iowa football players alleging a culture of staff members mistreating Black players can move forward. 

All or parts of some of the allegations have been thrown out. 

Offensive coordinator Brian Ferentz and former strength coach Chris Doyle remain the focal points of the lawsuit filed in Iowa’s southern district.

The 13 plaintiffs allege they were demeaned with racial slurs, forced to abandon Black hairstyles, fashion and culture to fit the “Iowa Way” promoted by head coach Kirk Ferentz and retaliated against for speaking out.

In October 2020, the University of Iowa said it would not pay a demand from the former football players for $20 million in compensation for alleged racial discrimination they faced playing for the Hawkeyes.

Watch: Kirk Ferentz aims to change culture of Hawkeye Football after former players speak out about racism