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St. Aug's hires former JCSU football coach
Daryl McNeill to coach running backs
 
Published Wednesday, June 3, 2009 8:00 pm
by Herbert L. White

St. Augustine’s has hired former Johnson C. Smith football coach Daryl McNeill as running backs coach. His first day with the Falcons was June 1.

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Daryl McNeill (right), fired as Johnson C. Smith football coach in November 2008, has been hired by CIAA rival St. Augustine's to coach running backs.


McNeill, who was fired by JCSU at the end of the 2008 season after a four-year stint, will also assist with special teams.


“I would like to thank President (Dianne Boardley) Suber, athletic director George Williams and coach (Michael) Costa for giving me the opportunity to coach at this fine institution,” McNeill said in a statement. “I am looking forward to getting back in the (coaching) game and being a part of the Falcon family.”


McNeill filed a lawsuit against JCSU in February alleging breach of contract when he was fired. Documents filed with Mecklenburg County Superior Court contend McNeill had five years remaining on his deal.


St. Aug’s and JCSU, which both play in the CIAA West Division, will square off on Oct. 10 in Raleigh.


“He will be a tremendous asset to the program,” Costa said. “He has a lot of knowledge in the area of offense. That will help us a great deal with the things we want to do specifically.”


McNeill was fired by JCSU after the Golden Bulls posted back-to-back 3-7 seasons. His best season was 2006 when Smith went 7-3 and earned a berth in the Pioneer Bowl, the school’s first postseason appearance since 1941. He also coached the Bulls from 1995-96, going 10-10 before leaving for Savannah State’s top job.


McNeill was also offensive coordinator at Division I Tennessee State, South Carolina State and N.C. A&T. In 1996, he was named Black College Sports Coach of the Year after taking JCSU to a 7-3 mark, Smith’s first winning season in 15 years.


St. Augustine’s returns junior running back Walter Sanders, who was second in CIAA in rushing with 840 yards last year and made second team all-conference. Backup Arnold Mullins was named to the CIAA’s all-rookie rookie team in 2007. The Falcons were fourth in the CIAA in rushing offense last season with 173.4 yards per game.


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