Post and Courier
September 20, 2014

College of Charleston search committee meets; Anthony Johnson emerging as front-runner

Posted: 08/08/2014 03:10 p.m.
Updated: 08/08/2014 06:22 p.m.


By Andrew Miller

Former C of C star played more than a decade in NBA



BY ANDREW MILLER

apmiller@postandcourier.com

The eight-person search committee appointed to find a basketball coach at the College of Charleston met for more than an hour Thursday.

A source associated with the College of Charleston athletic department confirmed the meeting and said the committee hopes to have a candidate to recommend to school president Glenn McConnell before the start of classes, which begin Aug. 19.

Former head coach Doug Wojcik was fired on Tuesday for "just cause" by McConnell after allegations of verbal and physical abuse of players and athletic department staff members surfaced in a 50-page report in early July.

College of Charleston athletic director Joe Hull, who is chairing the search committee, said he hopes to have a candidate in place as soon as possible.

"I can't put a timetable on it, only to say that we're going to get through the process as quickly as we can, so we can pick the best candidate," Hulls said. "We will get the process moving next week."

Former Cougar guard Anthony Johnson is considered the leading candidate for the job.

Johnson, who interviewed for the position in 2012 before Wojcik was hired, has been contacted by athletic director Joe Hull and members of the search committee.

In the next few days, the committee is expected to interview Johnson, who was the first player from the College of Charleston to be selected in the NBA draft when Sacramento picked the former Stall High star in the second round in 1997.

"There's a lot of support for Anthony and a lot of people who want to see Anthony get the job," the source said. "There's no question that he's a very strong candidate, but the committee does not want to rush to a decision. They want it to be a thorough process so they can get the right person in place."

Other candidates include Clemson assistant coach Earl Grant, Tulane assistant coach Shammond Williams, former Boston College head coach Al Skinner and Wofford coach Mike Young.