With the search for a new basketball coach at the College of Charleston entering its third week, former Cougars guard Anthony Johnson and Wofford coach Mike Young have emerged as the finalists for the job.
The search committee interviewed six candidates before submitting the names of Johnson and Young to College of Charleston President Glenn McConnell, multiple sources have confirmed.
The Spartanburg Herald reported Thursday night that Young was among at least two finalists for the position.
Johnson, who has been a leading candidate for the vacancy since the search committee first met earlier this month, was confirmed as the other candidate by multiple sources within the Cougars' athletic department on Monday.
"The recommendation from the search committee is on the president's desk," one source said. "It's his decision."
Doug Wojcik was fired on Aug. 5 for "just cause" after two independent investigations uncovered allegations of verbal and physical abuse of players and athletic department staff members.
In addition to Johnson and Young, the other candidates interviewed were Clemson assistant coach Earl Grant, University of Connecticut assistant coach Karl Hobbs, former UNC Charlotte coach Bobby Lutz and Virginia assistant coach Ritchie McKay.
Early last week there was a push by several members of the search committee to bring back former Cougars coach Bobby Cremins for the current season with the idea that Johnson would serve as an assistant coach and take over the program for the 2015-16 season.
Sources within the athletic department now say that scenario seems unlikely.
Johnson, who interviewed for the position in 2012 before Wojcik was hired, 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. Johnson helped lead the Cougars to one NCAA appearance (1997) and two NIT bids (1995, 1996) during his career. Johnson played 13 seasons in the NBA.
Young has been at Wofford for more than two decades, including the last 12 years as the Terriers head coach. Young, who has compiled a 176-165 mark, has led the Terriers to three Southern Conference titles and three appearances in the NCAA Tournament in the past five seasons.
The Cougars open the 2014-15 season on the road Nov. 15 against Furman.
Wofford coach Mike Young is the other finalist for the men's basketball coach position at the College of Charleston. (Wade Spees/staff/file)×
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