As the controversy surrounding College of Charleston basketball coach Doug Wojcik continues to swirl through its second week, school athletic director Joe Hull remains silent.
Hull, who is in his seventh year as the school's athletic director, has yet to comment publicly on allegations of widespread verbal abuse of players and staff by Wojcik during a month-long investigation as outlined in a 50-page report obtained last week by The Post and Courier.
Hull's contract, which pays $200,000 a year, expires in December. Hull did not return phone calls Tuesday and College of Charleston Mike Robertson, the school's director of media relations, had no comment on Hull's contract or his future with the college.
While Hull was on hand in Wilmington, N.C., to watch the Cougars capture the Colonial Athletic Association baseball tournament in late May - the program's first tournament title since 2006 - he was absent for the NCAA tournament's Gainesville Regional in Florida and the Lubbock Super Regional in Texas. Athletic directors virtually always attend such events.
Hull, who called Wojcik "extremely difficult to manage" in the report, wanted to fire the coach after meeting with players June 30, multiple sources confirmed last week.
But then College of Charleston president 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.
Hull's tenure at the College of Charleston has produced mixed results for the school's athletic department.
Hull hired Cougars baseball coach Monte Lee, who is considered one of the top young coaches in the nation. He also hired women's basketball coach Natasha Adair, who led the Cougars to the CBI semifinals this past season and left to become the head coach of Georgetown University.
However, Hull also presided over the hiring of Wojcik and the controversial appointment of Dan Shoemaker, who was quietly hired as director of Athletics Advancement at $125,000 a year.
The school's athletic department had a $1.55 million deficit, according to the 2013 figures in the latest USA Today study of college athletic department revenue.
If Wojcik is fired or a settlement between the coach and the school is reached, it's unclear what role Hull would have, if any, in hiring a new basketball coach.
Wojcik will not be out on the road recruiting this week, the school announced Tuesday.
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. Cougars assistant coaches Ryan Freeberg, Joe Wallace and Antonio Reynolds Dean will be out recruiting.
"Men's basketball coach Doug Wojcik is not traveling during the week of July 6, 2014," Robertson said in a statement released Tuesday afternoon. "Wojcik is attending meetings in Charleston during the current week."
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 more competitive CAA last season and were 14-18 overall.
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