South Carolina HBCU Sports This Week
Stacy Danley Out As SC State Athletic Director
South Carolina State University President Alexander Conyers announced Tuesday the termination of Director of Athletics Stacy Danley, effective immediately.
Less than one month after naming new men’s and women’s head basketball coaches at SC State, Athletics Director Danley had been terminated, effective immediately.
Danley was not under contract with the university. Conyers said:
"SC State University has made the decision to move our athletics programming in a different direction. We thank Mr. Danley for his service to the university. We wish him well in his future endeavors."
Keisha Campbell has been appointed interim director of athletics. Campbell is an SC State University Athletics Hall of Famer, Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference player of the year and MEAC All-Time Team member. She previously served as head women’s basketball coach at SC State University, was athletics director for Hampton University and worked as director of championships for the NCAA.
Series Of Developments
Conyers, a SC State graduate and retired U.S. Army colonel, was unanimously voted by the school’s Board of Trustees to the permanent position of president in April. He had served as acting president since July 2021. He was named interim president a month later on August 25, 2021.
He had been in the position as Danley has been engulfed in a swirl of controversy over the past year. Danley took over as the Bulldogs’ athletics director in 2017.
Danley abruptly fired women’s head basketball coach Audra Smith in late February of this past basketball season. The firing came a day after Smith filed a Title IX lawsuit against the university. Smith, a former head coach at Clemson, was hired in 2018.
Two weeks after Smith’s firing, former men’s head coach Murray Garvin named Danley in a suit he filed against the university. Garvin, who was head coach for the Bulldogs from 2013-2021, claimed the program was underfunded and accused Danley of interfering with his coaching duties and withholding monies due to the program. Danley did not renew Murray’s contract after the 2021 season.
Danley also garnered national attention when he denied a basketball recruit’s request to be released from his National Letter of Intent after former men’s head coach Tony Madlock left in April.
Danley’s Recent Moves
Danley announced on July 12 the hiring of longtime Cincinnati assistant Erik Martin as the new men’s head coach. A day later, he hired former Rutgers assistant Timothy Eaton as the new women’s head coach.
The men’s position at SC State had been open since mid April when Madlock resigned. The former Memphis assistant resigned after one year to take over as head coach at Alabama State. Madlock was reportedly also not under contract at SC State.
Assistant Ervin Monier was named interim head coach after Smith’s firing and finished out the women’s season.
Bulldog Lineman Named Preseason All-American
South Carolina State defensive lineman Jeblonski Green has been named second-team FCS All-American by Stats Perform.
Green, who missed four games last season, finished seventh on the team with 38 total tackles. He led the team with 19.5 tackles for loss and finished with 3.5 sacks and an interception.
The redshirt junior was selected as the Preseason Defensive Player of the Year at the recent MEAC football media day. He is one of 10 HBCU players selected among the three teams and the lone MEAC player chosen.
Furman teammates Ryan Miller (tight end) and Anderson Tomlin (offensive line) were each named to the second-team offense.
The Paladins were recently selected to finish third in the Southern Conference behind East Tennessee State and Chattanooga.
Defending FCS champion North Dakota State and South Dakota State led the way with six selections each.
QB – Xavier Shepherd, Kennesaw State
RB – Isaiah Davis, South Dakota State
RB – Isaiah Ifanse, Montana State
FB – Hunter Luepke, North Dakota State
WR – Xavier Gipson, Stephen F. Austin
WR – Taylor Grimes, UIW
TE – Tucker Kraft, South Dakota State
OL – Michael Corbi, Villanova
OL – McClendon Curtis, Chattanooga
OL – Matthan Hatchie, UT Martin
OL – Cody Mauch, North Dakota State
OL – Mason McCormick, South Dakota State
DL – Nate Lynn, William & Mary
DL – Devonnsha Maxwell, Chattanooga
DL – Josiah Silver, New Hampshire
DL–Spencer Waege, North Dakota State
LB – Jacob Dobbs, Holy Cross
LB – Ryan Greenhagen, Fordham
LB – Isaiah Land, Florida A&M
LB–Patrick O'Connell, Montana
LB – Stone Snyder, VMI
DB – Anthony Adams, Portland State
DB – Justin Ford, Montana
DB – Ferlando Jordan, Southeastern Louisiana
DB – Kedrick Whitehead, Delaware
PK – Matthew Cook, Northern Iowa
P – Grant Burkett, Missouri State
LS – Robert Soderholm, VMI
KR – Malik Flowers, Montana
PR – Jah'Marae Sheread, Florida A&M
AP – Ulonzo Gilliam Jr., UC Davis
AP – Jacob Saylors, ETSU
Second team Offense
QB – Jason Shelley, Missouri State
RB – Juwon Farri, Monmouth
RB – Malik Grant, Sacred Heart
RB – Jaleel McLaughlin, Youngstown State
WR – Avante Cox, Southern Illinois
WR – Jakob Herres, Richmond
TE – Kemari Averett, Bethune-Cookman
TE – Ryan Miller, Furman
OL–Noah Atagi, Weber State
OL – Garret Greenfield, South Dakota State
OL – Alex Jensen, South Dakota
OL – Kyle Nunez, Stony Brook
OL – Anderson Tomlin, Furman
DL – Brevin Allen, Campbell
D –Malik Hamm, Lafayette
DL – Jeblonski Green, South Carolina State
DL – Jordan Lewis, Southern (2020)
DL – Clay Patterson, Yale
DL – B.J. Thompson, Stephen F. Austin
LB – Kelechi Anyalebechi, UIW
LB – Adam Bock, South Dakota State
LB – Spencer Cuvelier, Northern Iowa
LB – David Hoage, Northern Colorado
LB – Titus Leo, Wagner
LB – Tristan Wheeler, Richmond
DB – Zy Alexander, Southeastern Louisiana
DB – Montrae Braswell, Missouri State
DB – Robby Hauck, Montana
DB – Michael Tutsie, North Dakota State
PK – Kyle Sentkowski, Sacramento State
P – Max Quick, Stephen F. Austin
LS – Dalton Godfrey, South Dakota
KR – Isaiah Bolden, Jackson State
PR – Devon Harper, Mercer
AP – Jake Chisholm, Dayton
AP – Javon Williams Jr., Southern Illinois
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