Murders are fined $25,000 and suspended for 5 games


ALBANY — Dwayne Killings will remain the University of Albany men’s basketball coach following an investigation into alleged physical contact between him and a player.

The resolution includes a five-game suspension to be served next season, a $25,000 fine to be donated to a local nonprofit, and mandatory training on school reporting policies, according to a statement from UAlbany.

UAlbany found “there was inappropriate physical contact between Coach Killings and a student-athlete during a pre-game hype circle just prior to a road game on November 24, 2021, and that the incident was never reported to the administration”.

The investigation concluded “that this was an isolated incident. Coach Killings has acknowledged his mistake, apologized and expressed regret, and the University believes he can continue to effectively lead the University of Albany men’s basketball program.

UAlbany said it received a complaint against Killings on February 27. At one point, Killings was temporarily placed on alternate assignment, and the investigation “involved interviews with all parties and known witnesses who were willing to participate.”

Killings coached two games after Feb. 27, both losses to Hartford.

The coach “has participated in this investigation pursuant to the rights and due process granted to him under the collective agreement between United University Professions and New York State,” according to UAlbany’s statement.

The university publication included a letter from Killings to the UAlbany community.

“I realize that the physical contact I had with the student-athlete during the pre-game hype circle was inappropriate, and not communicating it to the administration of UAlbany was a mistake,” Killings wrote. “No action will be repeated, and the pursuit of success in my program is of paramount importance.”

On November 24, UAlbany faced Eastern Illinois against Eastern Kentucky in the final of a three game road trip to Kentucky. The Great Danes won 64-62, Killings’ first victory as a head coach.

Steve Greenberg of the Albany Greenberg Public Relations firm, which has worked with Killings for the past few days, said the coach would not comment on Saturday and would let his letter speak for itself.

A university spokesperson also declined to comment beyond what was included in the statement.

The stadium’s Jeff Goodman reported on Monday that Killings was accused of hitting a player, adding that Killings claims the incident was an accident. WNYT’s Rodger Wyland, also a part-time UAlbany employee, said Tuesday the player in question was Luke Fizulich, a sophomore who transferred from Marquette, where Killings was an assistant coach.

Fizulich entered the transfer portal last week, followed this week by America East Defensive Player of the Year Jamel Horton and graduate Jarvis Doles.

Prominent members of the Capital Region community held a rally on Thursday where they spoke about the character of Killings and demanded that the school be more transparent.

Marcus Pryor, who helped organize the rally, said of Saturday’s news “I’m certainly glad he’s staying.”

Pryor said he spent time with Killings on Friday night and “he really wants to come back, put that behind him and get back to working with the kids.”

Hudson Falls native Jonathan Beagle, who signed a national letter of intent to play for UAlbany in November, texted, “As long as DK (Killings) is back, I’ll be back.”

Beagle, who averaged 14 points per game with the Albany City Rocks, said the chance to play for Killings was a big part of his pick at Albany.

UAlbany team members including Fizulich, Horton, Doles, Matt Cerruti and Paul Newman did not respond to requests for comment.

On Friday, Newman retweeted a comment from Daniel Dingle, who played under Killings when he was an assistant at Temple, who said, “It saddens me that the blogs are trying to demoralize Coach Killings. Dwayne Killings is a classy individual. He is a God-fearing family man. Everything he achieved, he worked hard day after day. He is someone who cares about his players beyond the pitch.

Before coming to UAlbany, Killings spent three seasons as an assistant at Marquette. He also made stints at Connecticut (2016-18), Temple (2011-16) and Boston University (2010-11). In 2006, he became assistant manager of basketball operations at Temple. Killings also worked in the (then) NBA D-League monitoring player development and progress.

He graduated from Hampton in 2003 and spent three years as an extra in Massachusetts.

In his first season as head coach, Killings signed nine new players (five transfers, four freshmen) to add to the six players who remained after Will Brown was fired at the end of the season. 2021 season. The Great Danes finished 13-18 on aggregate, 9-9 in the America East and lost in the first round of the conference tournament at Hartford. The team was plagued by injuries, including the loss of top scorer De’Vondre Perry to a meniscus injury which kept him out of action for most of the season.


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