College of Charleston head basketball coach Bobby Cremins is taking a medical leave of absence effective immediately.

Cremins' leave was announced by athletic director Joe Hull at a press conference tonight. Assistant coach Mark Byington has been named interim head coach, Hull said.

The nature of the medical issues affecting Cremins was not specified. Cremins did not attend the press conference.

"I have decided to step aside to take a medical leave of absence," Cremins said in a statement read by Hull. "I have complete faith in (Byington) as do our players."

Cremins, 64, is in his sixth season at the College of Charleston and has a 125-68 record with the Cougars. Best known for his 1990 Final Four appearance as Georgia Tech head coach, the former South Carolina player is 579-375 overall.

The Cougars fell to 12-8 overall and 4-5 this season. Furman on Thursday night handed the injury-riddled Cougars their third loss in a row.

Byington said he assured the players, many of whom were in the TD Arena for the press conference, that Cremins' medical condition was not life-threatening.

Hull said he did not expect Cremins to return this season.