Updates from Tuesday, Aug. 5
Gene Sapakoff of the Charleston Post and Courier reports Doug Wojcik has been fired:
Wojcik fired for "just cause" #CofC says. Of course, Wojcik's attorney will say something else real soon.— Gene Sapakoff (@Sapakoff) August 5, 2014
Updates from Friday, Aug. 1
WCIV's Scott Eisberg has the latest on Wojcik:
Per my last tweet--sources say no final decision on Wojcik.Reynolds-Dean is the interim head coach for August- players reacting well to Dean— Scott Eisberg (@SEisbergWCIV) August 1, 2014
Updates from Tuesday, July 29
Andrew Miller of the Post and Courier reports Doug Wojcik's atorney has released video footage to dispute assault allegations:
Wojcik's attorney, Scott Tompsett, on Tuesday provided The Post and Courier with video footage from the Cougars' game with Elon on Dec. 1, 2012, when one of the alleged incidents took place. Tompsett also provided 30 minutes of practice video that contradicts Dixon's claims.
It was Dixon's allegations of physical abuse that prompted new College of Charleston president Glenn McConnell to launch a second investigation into Wojcik less than a month after the college completed an earlier probe that concluded with a 50-page report that exposed dozens of allegations of Wojcik lashing out at players with obscenities, personal attacks and physical threats.
College of Charleston head basketball coach Doug Wojcik already faced an uphill climb after a report alleging abuse against players was released earlier this month. Now, a second investigation is putting his tenure in further jeopardy.
Per Miller, the initial report was 50 pages in length and included accounts from 12 current and former Cougars players. Wojcik allegedly abused the players mentally and threatened them physically as well.
After news of the report first hit, Wojcik apologized and vowed to change his ways, according to Miller:
I'm sincerely remorseful and apologize to those I've hurt. I've already started making amends and working on correcting my actions. The College and I are grateful these concerns were brought to our attention, and every effort will be made to improve relations between myself and members of the men's basketball program.
Wojcik may not get the opportunity to make amends, though. The second investigation relates to a 13th player coming forward in the form of former CofC guard Trevonte Dixon. It is alleged that Wojcik and Dixon were involved in a physical confrontation initiated by Wojcik after Dixon missed a shot in an exhibition game two years ago, per Miller.
Although Wojcik's ouster is far from official, the growing sentiment seems to be that his days are numbered. Among those who don't expect Wojcik to coach the Cougars during the 2014-15 season in Gary Parrish of CBS Sports:
Like I reported last month, it’s unlikely Doug Wojcik will ever coach at Charleston again. Here’s an update: http://t.co/3rqaqDanbT— Gary Parrish (@GaryParrishCBS) July 23, 2014
Wojcik's situation is very much reminiscent of what Rutgers went through with Mike Rice more than a year ago. Rutgers took quick action against Rice, which has left Kami Mattioli of Sporting News shaking her head regarding the College of Charleston's investigation process:
Mike Rice got the axe almost immediately. Doug Wojcik may have done even worse and CofC's just twiddling thumbs trying to avoid court. SMH.— Kami Mattioli (@kmattio) July 23, 2014
Wojcik is a nine-year veteran in the major college basketball coaching ranks. He spent seven years at Tulsa before joining the Cougars in 2012-13. He led CofC to a CBI berth and a 24-11 record during his first campaign at the helm, but the team dropped to 14-18 last season.
Wojcik certainly deserves an opportunity to explain his alleged actions, but with so many negative stories coming to light, it would be a minor miracle if Wojcik is able to weather the storm.
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