Doug Wojcik's deplorable behavior during his two-year tenure as College of Charleston coach is well documented in an official report that isn't exactly light summer reading for basketball fans. If allegations of gay slurs, verbal bashing of moms and girlfriends and threats of violence aren't enough then having former assistant coaches and current athletic department staffers turn against him will cost Wojcik a job worth $404,000 a year. Fans are piling on, too, making Wojcik's future on Meeting Street untenable.
But what if?
What if Wojcik wasn't widely unpopular before the first hint of verbal abuse?
What if the College of Charleston basketball team was coming off a good year full of big crowds at TD Arena instead of its second losing season since 1979 and wide swaths of empty seats?
What if the Cougars had advanced to the NCAA Tournament instead of finishing sixth in the Colonial Athletic Association after being picked to finish third in the CAA's preseason poll?
It's not just basketball, it's all college sports.
Coaches behaving badly better win. If not, allies are hard to find as win-loss standings traditionally have put the definitive spin on security.
Bobby Knight's outbursts against fans, women, referees, Puerto Rico, the media, fellow coaches and players were tolerable when he was marching Indiana toward national titles. No coincidence that when "The General" was fired in 2000 the Hoosiers were coming off a season in which they finished fifth in the Big Ten and lost in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.
It was the sixth year in a row Indiana failed to get past the second round of the Big Dance.
Suddenly, Indiana had a "zero tolerance" policy and Knight was dispensable.
Frank Martin's rants were considered funny when he was guiding Kansas State to NCAA Tournament appearances.
Not so amusing at South Carolina with the Gamecocks buried in the Southeastern Conference standings.
Martin was suspended for the Gamecocks' regular-season finale at Mississippi State last season after "inappropriate verbal communication" with freshman guard Duane Notice during a home loss to then-No. 1 Florida.
It was the second time in the same season that Martin, South Carolina's second-year head coach, was reprimanded by the school. He apologized in January for screaming profanely at senior guard Brenton Williams in a home loss to Mississippi.
Maybe Martin has learned.
He apologized again.
But he also apologized at Kansas State after hitting senior Chris Merriewether on the arm with the back of his hand during a timeout late in a loss to Missouri.
Martin won enough games at Kansas State to get the South Carolina job.
Wojcik is being lumped with bullying losers.
The coach in the College of Charleston report cites an incident in which guard Canyon Barry's mother, Lynn Barry, calls the coach "Mike Rice." That's the former Rutgers head coach fired in 2013 after ESPN's "Outside The Lines" obtained videos of Rice screaming at players and physically attacking them during practices.
Mike Rice comparison
By the way, Rice was coming off a third losing season in his three years at Rutgers, not exactly what administrators had hoped for when they hired an emotional young coach who went 73-31 with two NCAA Tournament appearances in three years at Robert Morris.
Wojcik had a hothead reputation at Tulsa but was kept on for seven seasons, let go after failing to make the NCAA Tournament every year.
Key injuries, bad losses - none worse than Anderson College stunning the Cougars at home - and a step up to the Colonial Athletic Association contributed to Wojcik's mediocre 38-29 record with the Cougars.
Credit the College of Charleston for bringing in respected outside attorney Christy Fargnoli to conduct a thorough investigation.
But it didn't happen after three players gave unusually critical exit interviews following the 2012-13 season and was only initiated after staff members and parents chimed in. It might not have happened if Wojcik was coming off a CAA championship and an NCAA Tournament trip.
For two reasons.
"Most of Coach Wojcik's personal attacks occur after a loss," an anonymous player said in the College of Charleston report.
And complaining players are considered the losers on winning teams.
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