By Christian Hince | October 30, 2022
Photo Credit: UAlbany Athletics
While University at Albany men’s basketball coach Dwayne Killings will still sit out five games this season after “striking” a player before a matchup last November, he’ll get a stipulation.
Killings will still coach in the Albany Cup on Nov. 12, an annual matchup against Siena College returning for the first time since 2017.
His punishment, handed down in April after a university investigation, will keep Killings away for the Great Danes’ two exhibition games against Skidmore College and Saint Rose on Oct. 30 and Nov. 1, along with matchups at Towson on Nov. 7, at Immaculata on Nov. 8, and versus Union College on Nov. 14. Of the five games for which Killings is suspended, UAlbany’s only Division I opponent is Towson.
While he’ll still be able to travel and run team practices, Killings won’t be at any of these matches. In the meantime, head coaching duties will be handled by assistant coach Bobby Jordan.
“There are any number of ways the five-game suspension could’ve been administered, and we considered many options,” UAlbany athletic director Mark Benson said in a Friday announcement of the suspension’s terms. "We decided that in the best interest of our student-athletes, coaches, staff, and University, the suspension occur on the front end of the season. Relative to the Albany Cup, it is a special day for the Capital Region and given Coach Killings’ unwavering and proven support for the community, we feel that it is important that he represents the Great Danes that night. We look forward to Coach Killings leading our team this season."
The punishment also included a $25,000 fine. The university spread this money across several local non-profits including the South End Children's Cafe, Unity House of Troy, The Melodies Center at Albany Medical Center, Girls on the Run Capital Region, and the Refugee Welcome Center.