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Albany needs to get some control. They cant be happy that the announcer is speaking on record with the TImes Union.
Completely agree! What everyone should do is pretend it didn't happen, tell anyone who will listen privately it didn't happen. Don't respond to media requests on steps the department has taken to make changes, put out a statement saying speculation in the comments makes the school the real victims here, delete that statement and make a new one that is just as bad and lock your social media replies.

THAT, is how it's done!
 

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Completely agree! What everyone should do is pretend it didn't happen, tell anyone who will listen privately it didn't happen. Don't respond to media requests on steps the department has taken to make changes, put out a statement saying speculation in the comments makes the school the real victims here, delete that statement and make a new one that is just as bad and lock your social media replies.

THAT, is how it's done!
No of course not. What you do is act like every other company and institution with lawyers. You do a full investigation and then release a statement when everything is all wrapped up. Two things are at play here. 1. Did Killings hit a kid. Based on this you have an investigation then announce the findings and then either fire him or keep him based on the investigation. 2. Did the AD know about it and try to sweep it under the rug. You do the exact same thing as issue #1. You do an investigation announce the findings and based on the findings determine if the person under investigation should be fired or allowed to maintain his current role. Very simple.

The last thing you do is allow low level employees to go around running their mouths about anything. What albany has right now is a part time low level member of the team going out and speaking about things that he is privy too based on his role with the team. I would fire him immediately
 

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No of course not. What you do is act like every other company and institution with lawyers. You do a full investigation and then release a statement when everything is all wrapped up. Two things are at play here. 1. Did Killings hit a kid. Based on this you have an investigation then announce the findings and then either fire him or keep him based on the investigation. 2. Did the AD know about it and try to sweep it under the rug. You do the exact same thing as issue #1. You do an investigation announce the findings and based on the findings determine if the person under investigation should be fired or allowed to maintain his current role. Very simple.

The last thing you do is allow low level employees to go around running their mouths about anything. What albany has right now is a part time low level member of the team going out and speaking about things that he is privy too based on his role with the team. I would fire him immediately
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From Today's Times Union

ALBANY — Prominent members of the Capital Region community shared their support for University at Albany men’s basketball coach Dwayne Killings at a rally Thursday afternoon and called on the university to be more transparent in its investigation.

Killings is facing an inquiry into an alleged incident before a road game in November. Stadium’s Jeff Goodman reported that Killings is accused of striking a player, and that Killings says it was accidental.

“The community is really concerned about what’s going on here with this particular issue,” Dr. Alice Green, executive director of The Center for Law and Justice, said. “We are not being given the information about this process, so we’re very confused and concerned.”
Those gathered see Killings as a bridge between the community, particularly the Black community, and UAlbany, said Marcus Q. Pryor, an Albany native and businessman.
“This is more than just about one man. We heard the university when the university came into our community and said, ‘We get it, we need to change the construct. We as a university need to be part of the community,’ ” Pryor said. “We heard that, we believed that. We actually saw it start to happen. … There’s too much at stake. We can’t go backwards, and we look for Coach to have a fair, transparent process because we’re confident we know this man’s character.”
UAlbany issued a statement Thursday afternoon after the rally finished.
“The University at Albany’s top priority is supporting the health and well-being of our students and employees in an environment that is inclusive and equitable,” the statement read. “While the University recognizes and understands this is a matter of public interest and that there may be incomplete information circulating publicly, it cannot disclose information that would violate student privacy and will not discuss personnel matters publicly. The University is committed to a process that is full, fair, equitable and respectful of the rights of everyone involved – and to conducting this process in good faith.”
A spokesman declined to comment further. UAlbany has not commented beyond Thursday’s statement and a statement Monday confirming that there is an investigation.
Pryor requested a meeting with UAlbany president Havidan Rodriguez on Tuesday, and said his understanding is that Rodriguez is currently traveling. Pryor sent Rodriguez another letter following the statement clarifying that he's not asking the school to discuss private student matters or share personnel information, but rather that the school "listen to what we have to say" regarding Killings' impact on the community.
When asked what transparency in this process might look like, Pryor said "I think transparency would look like understanding what their process is."
In addition to Pryor and Green, Jamil Hood, founder of Hood’s House of Hoops; Tony Gaddy, president of the Upstate New York Black Chamber of Commerce; Pastor Leonard Comithier of Macedonia Baptist Church; Dominick Purnomo, owner of Yono’s restaurant; and Kathleen McLean, UAlbany alum and president of The McLean Group, all spoke of Killings’ work in the community and their expectations that UAlbany be more communicative about the investigation.
“I think we just would like to see some transparency because there’s been little to no communication outside of the university. We see a man, a family man, a leader, who has stepped up and embraced this community,” Purnomo said.
Hood spoke at length about the work Killings has done with House of Hoops, a nonprofit community center in West Hill.
“You get a guy like Coach Killings to come in and to speak to the kids and introduce himself to the parents and say, ‘Hey, listen I’m invested in this community. ’… What that does, it provides a safety and it provides hope and parents feel comfortable bringing their kids to our program,” Hood said. “I’m talking about Coach Killings’ character. The man came in — when I call him, he’s there. He’s sending the boys down to help clean and shoot hoops.”
“If this man is going to come here and invest in our city, what message are we sending if we don’t honor his commitment with the same amount of commitment with process? If we don’t demand a better process, we’re sending a terrible message,” Gaddy said.

None of the speakers had spoken of the alleged incident with Killings, though Pryor said he’s seen him since the news broke.
“I know that he’s scared that he’s about to be taken from a community that he took a big risk on and loves being a part of,” Pryor said.
 

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1) Will be interesting to see if the player who made the accusations will have a hard time finding another place to play or not. He might get labeled as a guy who tried to get a coach in trouble, which isn't helpful to anyone regardless of what happened or not.

2) Killings might be at Albany next year, but he sure as shit is getting out for another lateral head coaching job or bailing and joining someone's staff as an assistant next year, right? I would bet if he's been able to go to NOLA for the Final 4, that he's putting out feelers to exit if he wants it. I feel there's no way he's sticking around long term unless there's a change in AD, and generally speaking, ADs get the nod of approval by the school president over the coach in situations and leagues like this anyhow.
 

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Maybe Killings leaves next year but I look at it much differently. UA did not release the alleged issue. The media did. The issue was weeks old before the release. UA was able to keep it quite that long when they could have released something making Killings look bad.

UA could have fired him by stating he stuck a kid. Good luck finding another job.

Instead UA did an investigation and appears to stand behind "their" coach. I'm sure Killings is not happy with the allegation, but he has to be thrilled that UA stood behind him and kept him (along with his 400k salary).
 

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Honestly, this is more confusing to me.

So there was definitely some wrongdoing because of the suspension and fine, but not enough to warrant dismissal? Without more details, this sounds like UA caved to outside pressure supporting DK. Yes, he keeps his job (and salary), but can he be happy how this was handled by the school and the impact it may have on his reputation outside of the 'local community' that supported him?

And the school President/Chancellor must comment on the AD's role in this matter. If this happened in November, why was there an 'independent' (non-AD) investigation in March? What did the AD do when the incident was reported to him?

UA hasn't been very transparent about this issue and what info has become public, just raises more questions and concerns.
 

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For the record, I am more disgusted now than I was before. I am disgusted at the school and the Coach if this is the outcome, and I am trying to compose my thoughts and I want to wait until I see if this is corroborated before I comment further.
 

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Honestly, this is more confusing to me.

So there was definitely some wrongdoing because of the suspension and fine, but not enough to warrant dismissal? Without more details, this sounds like UA caved to outside pressure supporting DK. Yes, he keeps his job (and salary), but can he be happy how this was handled by the school and the impact it may have on his reputation outside of the 'local community' that supported him?

And the school President/Chancellor must comment on the AD's role in this matter. If this happened in November, why was there an 'independent' (non-AD) investigation in March? What did the AD do when the incident was reported to him?

UA hasn't been very transparent about this issue and what info has become public, just raises more questions and concerns.
Once this is official, I will post my comments...but I was told something two days ago and last night that REALLY disturb me.
 

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So first Killings said the hit was "accidental", but now after he was suspended he realizes that the hit was "inappropriate", implying fault. Can't even stick to the same story?

It really looked like him and the AD were going to get taken down for a mass coverup. Wtf changed.
 

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I honestly don't know who or what to believe anymore. This becomes more farcical by the moment and if what Coach Killings has written here is true, and I have no reason to doubt him until evidence is presented otherwise, WTF is going on with the department and with the C-Suite at UALBANY. Seriously...I mean, unless Killings cold cocked the kid by rearing back with intent to connect, this is poo poo
 

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I honestly don't know who or what to believe anymore. This becomes more farcical by the moment and if what Coach Killings has written here is true, and I have no reason to doubt him until evidence is presented otherwise, WTF is going on with the department and with the C-Suite at UALBANY. Seriously...I mean, unless Killings cold cocked the kid by rearing back with intent to connect, this is poo poo
They are in a hype circle and he what...cold-cocked a kid? The other kids just all stood around and said nothing...the only 3 kids to enter portal was the kid he apparently had the issue with and two grad transfers. Wouldn't kids all book it if this guy was abusive? Why did this not get reported for 3 months and the kid in question played multiple games which implies maybe something happened but not a big deal....then basically March comes around and he goes to admins? The confusing part to me is if the deed warrants a 5 game suspension and 25k hit to his wallet...this is seriously enough to be fired over. And if it's not serious and incidental contact in a hype circle...why the said pretty significant penalty?

Juwan Howard served 2 games for punching the opposing teams coach...the penalty seems to imply far worse here but it happened in a hype circle and no one brought it up for 3 months?

Absolutely bizarre
 

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They are in a hype circle and he what...cold-cocked a kid? The other kids just all stood around and said nothing...the only 3 kids to enter portal was the kid he apparently had the issue with and two grad transfers. Wouldn't kids all book it if this guy was abusive? Why did this not get reported for 3 months and the kid in question played multiple games which implies maybe something happened but not a big deal....then basically March comes around and he goes to admins? The confusing part to me is if the deed warrants a 5 game suspension and 25k hit to his wallet...this is seriously enough to be fired over. And if it's not serious and incidental contact in a hype circle...why the said pretty significant penalty?

Juwan Howard served 2 games for punching the opposing teams coach...the penalty seems to imply far worse here but it happened in a hype circle and no one brought it up for 3 months?

Absolutely bizarre
Agreed. And you have to wonder the motivation of the player who waited to report it until the end of the season - months after the incident occurred. When the incident happened in November, you would think the player involved, or a teammate, would have shared their concerns with someone in the Athletic Department immediately if there appeared to be an aggravated incident and not accidental.

Per Reuters reporting:
"Killings is alleged to have hit a player in November, with the player reporting it to administrators late in the season. Killings said contact was accidental."
 
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