College of Charleston president Glenn McConnell, who has been on the job for only a week, has not reached a final decision on embattled head basketball coach Doug Wojcik's future with the school.
McConnell could uphold the coach's month-long suspension without pay and mandatory counseling as previous school president George Benson decided or fire Wojcik for widespread accusations of verbal abuse of players and staff as outlined in a 50-page report obtained by The Post and Courier last week.
"President McConnell is going to be very thorough with this process," a senior athletic department official said Monday. "He's not going to make any final decision until he has reviewed all the facts. Something could happen (Monday), tomorrow or later in the week or in two weeks. He's not going to rush the process."
The official spoke with the newspaper under condition of anonymity for fear of losing his job.
Wojcik has said through his attorney, Scott Tompsett, that he intends to remain as the school's head coach when the Cougars tip off their season this fall.
Athletic director Joe Hull, who called Wojcik "extremely difficult to manage" in the report, wanted to fire the coach after meeting with players June 30, the source and two players confirmed last week.
But Benson overruled Hull and handed out a one-month suspension without pay and mandatory counseling with a zero tolerance on future behavior. The loss of a month's pay would be more than $33,000.
Wojcik has three years left on his contract that pays him just more than $400,000 annually. If Wojcik were to be fired without cause, the College of Charleston would owe him $1.2 million.
The College of Charleston's investigation exposed dozens of examples of Wojcik lashing out at players with obscenities, personal attacks and physical threats. The report was compiled with input from 12 players, 10 of them anonymous.
Wojcik is painted as a "Jekyll and Hyde" character who bullies and demeans his players.
The next three weeks are important recruiting periods for basketball as high school players from across the country gather for AAU tournaments and camps, which include next week's Peach Jam tournament in North Augusta. The source said that Wojcik will not be out on the road to recruit for the foreseeable future, but that Cougars assistant coaches Ryan Freeberg, Joe Wallace and Antonio Reynolds Dean will be out recruiting.
Wojcik was hired in 2012 after Bobby Cremins retired. The Cougars were 24-11 in his first season and advanced to the final of the Southern Conference tournament. The Cougars jumped to the Colonial Athletic Association last season and were 14-18 overall.
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