Clark hires McNeill as football coach

Daryl McNeill was hired as Clark Atlanta's football coach Thursday.

McNeill, formerly the running backs coach at Saint Augustine's College in Raleigh, replaced Ted Bahhur, who was fired in October after going 20-29 in 5 1/2 seasons.

McNeill has 25 years of experience, including two stints as the head coach at Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte, most recently from 2004-08. While there, the Golden Bulls graduated 70 percent of its players. As a head coach, his record is 27-36. He has coached three All-Americans, including Shannon Sharpe.

McNeill is a native of Seneca, S.C. and graduate of South Carolina State University, where he received a bachelor of science in business administration and a master of education in business. He and his wife, Savonne, have two children, Tiffany and Daryl Jr., and a grandson, Jayden.

"I’m elated to get here, get started and meet my players, as well as faculty and staff," McNeill said in a statement released by the school. “I’m embarking on my 26th year in coaching and I’m ready to get to work.”

Bahhur, after his dismissal, said he intended to file a racial discrimination suit against the university after an investigation by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission was concluded. That investigation hasn't been completed, according to Bahhur.