Wojcik still coach 'to my knowledge,' says new CofC president
NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- At a Charleston County GOP meeting Monday evening, sports reporters focused more on the the issues on the College of Charleston's basketball team than they did on the platform issues of the party.
For the first time since the Doug Wojcik verbal abuse scandal broke, CofC's new president Glenn McConnell was in public and had to field questions about the coach's status in the program.
McConnell offered very little information, but said Wojcik was still the basketball team's head coach as far as he knew. McConnell also said he was surprised by the Wojcik situation taking place as he took office.
McConnell deferred to Athletic Director Joe Hull for comments on whether Wojcik would be allowed to recruit this week. Last week, the College said he would be staying in Charleston to attend meetings. Instead, his assistants would take his place on the road for recruiting.
This week, the recruiting stakes are even higher with the Peach Jam Tournament coming up at Augusta State University. Athletics spokeswoman Marlene Navor said it doesn't look like Wojcik will be on the road this week, either.
"We do not anticipate Coach Wojcik recruiting for College of Charleston this week," she said in a statement.
Hull has not issued any statements on the Wojcik situation.
McConnell declined to comment on most questions, but did say he's not concerned about the public's perception of him as the College works through the issue. McConnell added he has had to make tough decisions before.
Wojcik's attorney said last week the coach had every intention of fulfilling his contract.
According to a release from attorney Scott Tompsett, Wojcik has no plans to quit and he wants to remain the head coach at the College.
"Coach Wojcik cooperated with the College's investigation and he accepted the College's sanctions. As far as he's concerned, the investigation is over. And Coach Wojcik has started making amends and working on correcting his actions, as set forth in President Benson's decision. We're hopeful the team will move forward with him toward a successful season in the Colonial Athletic Association," Tompsett said on behalf of Wojcik.
The entire ordeal started July 1, McConnell's first day on the job as president, when sources confirmed Wojcik was being investigated for verbal abuse.
Then the report was released.
Wojcik has not commented on the ongoing ordeal that has marred the week before summer recruiting begins.
But Wojcik's words are in the report. In his interview with the hired investigator, Wojcik supplied examples of friendly banter with athletes and their families as well as down time spent at his home.
"He has had several events at his house for players, donors, student leaders, and the like. The team has appeared to enjoy spending time at his house. They play ping pong and corn hole, go paddle boarding, and the like," Wojcik told the investigator.
According to the report, Wojcik told investigators that Canyon Barry's mother called him Mike Rice at an event. Rice is the former Rutgers coach fired last year after video surfaced of him verbally and physically attacking players.
Video evidence of Wojcik's alleged tirades has also surfaced.
"Are you [expletive] kidding me?" a man identified in the report as Wojcik can be heard screaming. "Get your [expletive] ass back to southwest [expletive] Tulsa."
He questions, "Do you think they take [expletive] vans in Connecticut?"
The minute-long video accused the staffer of not following up on the vehicle order. Wojcik asks the staffer if he's just supposed to accept the vans.
Wojcik is two years into his five-year contract. A possible buy-out could cost the College more than $1 million.
Before taking over at the College, Wojcik was fired from Tulsa University's program after seven winning seasons that included two NIT berths and three postseason appearances.
Wojcik replaced the retiring Bobby Cremins. In his time at the College, he has racked up an overall record of 38-29.