University of Iowa reaches $4 million settlement with Black athletes

The University of Iowa has agreed to pay $4.175 million to settle a civil rights lawsuit filed by 13 African American student-athletes who accused the university’s football coaches of racism and bullying.

The settlement announced Monday comes in a case originally filed in state court in November 2020 but subsequently moved to federal court in Des Moines. It accused Iowa head football coach Kirk Ferentz of ignoring or enabling race discrimination against Black players by other coaches, including Ferentz’s son, assistant coach Brian Ferentz, who allegedly called one plaintiff “dumbass Black player” in front of the team and coaching staff.

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