College of Charleston men’s basketball coach Bobby Cremins, who has been on a medical leave of absence since Jan. 27, said Monday the school has not imposed a deadline for him to make a decision about his return.
A report on the internet Monday stated that Cremins probably would not return and had three weeks to make a decision. Contacted by phone Monday night, Cremins said he is not close to a decision and has not been given a deadline to do so.
“Absolutely not,” Cremins said. “The College has been incredible to me. I have a great relationship with Dr. Benson (George Benson, the school’s president) and Joe Hull (the school’s director of athletics). Nobody has put any deadlines on me. I want to be fair to the College. Right now I’m excited about the tournament.”
Cremins has been recovering from an undisclosed medical problem at his home on Hilton Head Island. Cremins, who said he was suffering from exhaustion when he left the team, indicated he still doesn’t know if he will return next season. He said he has a self-imposed deadline for making a decision but didn’t want to reveal it.
The College of Charleston got off to a 10-2 start, but went 2-6 and lost three straight games prior to Cremins informing the school he needed to take a leave of absence. The Cougars are 7-3 under interim coach Mark Byington and will take a three-game winning streak into the Southern Conference Tournament that begins Friday in Asheville, N.C.
Cremins said he would not be attending the tournament because he would be too nervous. He returned for the Cougars’ final home game last Thursday to acknowledge the team’s only senior, Antwaine Wiggins, and stayed for the entire game. He spent most of the second half watching the game with Benson.