Let the record reflect that Doug Wojcik is a sore loser.
In the initial College of Charleston investigation into its men's basketball coach, one player after another claimed that Wojcik would go on hours-long rants when his team lost a game.
That would have been a lot of screaming last season.
So now that C of C President Glenn McConnell has fired Wojcik for his verbal and possible physical abuse of players, what does the coach do?
He hires a big-time coach's lawyer, which you only do if you intend to sue. And that's just another kind of rant.
Now this is all highly ironic, given the number of times Wojcik is reported to have bad-mouthed lawyers, calling them two-bit, multi-syllabic curse words.
But hey, they're only two-bit, multi-syllabic curse words until you need one of them to save your cushy $400,000-a-year job.
Back in June, Wojcik claimed he was a leader and mentor to these young men. Apparently he subscribes to tough-love theories of motivation, which includes questioning their manhood.
Well, now it's time for Wojcik prove his.
Save the taxpayers some money, man up and just move on.
Pardon or punt?
The basis for any wrongful termination suit here is going to be some kind of double jeopardy argument.
See, after the initial investigation, former C of C President George Benson merely ordered counseling and suspended Wojcik for a month without pay.
That cost the coach roughly what a public school teacher makes in a year.
When McConnell took office, pretty much the next day, he was immediately in a tight spot. He couldn't very well reverse the former president, but it was clear Benson's decision wasn't flying with anyone.
So McConnell ordered a second investigation, realizing he needed more proof to fire Wojcik with cause - and to avoid paying him $1 million to go away.
Now Wojcik's attorney can use this second investigation as the basis for a witch hunt claim, and try to extract even more money from the school.
So thanks, Benson. Nice assist on the lay-up.
In fairness, Benson got the results of the investigation four days before his term as president ended. Some around the college think he was just trying to clean up loose ends, and made the best call he could based on the initial evidence.
That, or it was a last-minute pardon.
Whatever Benson's motivation, it has left the college in a bind, and it is a hole in the defense that Wojcik is trying to exploit.
But dragging this out won't do anyone any good - not the coach, not the college, not the players.
Loss of trust
Wojcik almost certainly feels justified in retaining counsel. He think he's been done wrong.
After all, a lot of coaches scream at their players.
But dragging the players' moms and girlfriends into his rants, or even their two-bit, multi-syllabic curse-word, lawyer fathers, is out of line.
Dragging them into a courtroom would be even worse.
Look, it's over for Wojcik. There is not only a loss of trust between coach and players - a situation that is nearly impossible to overcome - but he also has 55,000 alumni mad at him.
Perhaps he shouldn't have said a degree from the College of Charleston wasn't worth anything. The alums might have overlooked yelling at students, but they aren't going to put up with an employee bad-mouthing the school.
Just saying something like that is grounds for a firing. That is the statement of someone who isn't savvy enough to not bite the hand that feeds.
So it's over, and there is no reason to litigate this, other than greed.
This is a good example of why taxpayer-funded schools should not give coaches multi-year, multimillion-dollar contracts. Of course, that's fantasy land talk, sort of like the idea that Wojcik would just walk.
But he should. See, he is going to get some amount of money. And even if he sues, then loses in court, the school - and taxpayers - are out the money it costs to make him leave.
Nothing about that makes sense, but that's how it is.
In the initial investigation, players alleged that Wojcik often belittled them by claiming they wouldn't amount to anything, wouldn't make any money.
Well, if this is the way you make money, then those guys are better off. In the end Wojcik has turned out to be a perfect example.
He is showing his players, in more than one arena, exactly how not to act.
Reach Brian Hicks at email@example.com.
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