South Carolina State has fired athletic director Stacy Danley effective immediately, the school said in a statement on Aug. 9.
“S.C. State University has made the decision to move our athletics programming in a different direction,” school president Alexander Conyers said. “We thank Mr. Danley for his service to the university. We wish him well in his future endeavors.”
The school also announced that Keisha Campbell has been appointed interim director of athletics. She’s a member of the school’s athletics hall of fame in basketball and is a former Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference player of the year.
Danley, a former football player at Auburn, had been at S.C. State since 2017 after stints as AD at Alabama State and Tuskegee.
His department has been embroiled in controversy in recent months. Former women’s basketball coach Audra Smith filed a lawsuit alleging Title IX violations last February, and was fired the next day.
And former men’s basketball coach Murray Garvin sued the school last March, saying his program was underfunded. Danley was named in that lawsuit.
Garvin’s contract was not renewed in March of 2021.
Campbell previously served as head women’s basketball coach at S.C. State, was athletics director for Hampton University and worked as director of championships for the NCAA.
S.C. State recently named former West Virginia assistant Erik Martin to coach men’s basketball, and hired Rutgers women’s assistant coach Timothy Eatman as women’s basketball coach.