The State of Michigan has suspended Professor Brendan Doyle after discovering his previous conviction for operating a METH laboratory
- Brendan Doyle was recently hired as a professor at Michigan State before being suspended
- Students became suspicious, delved into his past and discovered he was accused of running a meth lab in 2020
A Michigan State University kinesiology professor has been suspended after students discovered he was previously convicted of running a meth lab.
Brendan Doyle was charged in Louisiana in 2020 with establishing or operating a clandestine laboratory for the unlawful manufacture of a controlled dangerous substance.”
He pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 180 days behind bars, but served only 90.
Doyle was hired by the Big 10 University for the fall semester, but was quickly suspended after his erratic behavior in class led some students to dig into his past.
MSU officials claimed the professor passed a background check before being hired and his arrest came to light.
A Michigan State University kinesiology professor has been suspended after students discovered he was previously convicted of running a meth lab
Students said he regularly canceled classes at short notice, raising suspicion.
Mackenzie Albee, one of Doyle’s students at Michigan State, told me FOX 17: ‘When I came to GroupMe for homework help, I saw there was an article about him. It had my professor’s picture on it.’
“He was just erratic and just seemed impatient,” Albee said.
He appeared in a Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office press release and in articles outlining his involvement in a meth lab in Thibodaux, Louisiana.
Before his arrest in 2020, he previously worked at Nicholls State University in Thibodaux.
On March 27, 2020, a person discovered a bucket and a garbage bag smoking under a bridge and decided to report it to authorities.
“Officers and narcotics officers arrived on scene and confirmed the presence of items commonly associated with the manufacture of methamphetamine. Officers determined that the smoke was caused by chemical reactions that were still taking place at the time. The items have been safely processed and neutralized,” the spokesperson said Press release from the Sheriff Office.
In January 2021, Doyle was jailed for his role in creating the drug.
MSU officials claimed he passed a background check before students discovered his arrest
When students discovered his previous arrest, Michigan State suspended him from the kinesiology department.
The head of the department of kinesiology – the study of the movement of the human body – contacted his students and formally apologized.
“When he yelled at us like we were in a high school class for talking, I just thought it was unnecessary; When that happens in other classes at MSU, the professors don’t really make a big deal out of it; they just keep lecturing. It was more distracting with him yelling at us than the actual talking,” Allbee said.
It is unclear whether Doyle was paid, and how much, for the semester. A temporary teacher has taken over his lessons.
“How could this happen even though his involvement was minimal? How did they overlook it, or not know it at all?’ Allbee said.