Dwayne Killings is the UAlbany men’s basketball head coach.
Of course, that’s been the case since his hire in March 2021, but that status has been in doubt throughout this week after it was revealed Monday that the school has been investigating its men’s basketball program since late February.
While the university and a representative for Killings did not provide any updates Friday regarding the situation, WNYT Sports Director Rodger Wyland — who serves as the play-by-play announcer for UAlbany basketball and football — reported on social media, citing “multiple sources,” that Killings will “remain” as the Great Danes’ head coach moving forward.
The investigation reportedly stemmed from an alleged incident that involved physical contact between Killings and a player prior to a game this past November.
Following Wyland’s report Friday evening, The Daily Gazette’s attempt to contact a UAlbany spokesperson was unsuccessful and a representative for Killings responded “There’s nothing I can say,” when asked for comment regarding the report.
Throughout this week, Killings has not responded to requests for comment, while the university has put out two statements. UAlbany athletic director Mark Benson has not responded to requests for comment throughout the week and an athletic department spokesperson has referred all requests for comment to the university’s media relations team, which has generally avoided comment beyond its prepared statements and declined an interview request with president Havidan Rodriguez. On Thursday, a group of Albany leaders and activists called a press conference at the Fort Orange Club to voice their support for Killings.
The school’s investigation into the alleged incident first became public Monday with a report from Stadium’s college basketball reporter Jeff Goodman. That alleged incident, the university said Monday, was first reported to it in late February, shortly before the Great Danes’ 2021-22 season ended with a March 6 loss to Hartford in the America East Conference quarterfinals.
Previously, UAlbany has said it “initiated its investigation immediately upon being notified of the complaint,” so Killings coached at least two games for the Great Danes after the start of the investigation.
UAlbany finished 13-18 this season for its fourth-consecutive losing season. Killings, 40, was given a five-year contract last year, and his current rate of pay, according to the database available at www.seethroughny.net, is $372,300.