College of Charleston, Wojcik no closer to resolution

College of Charleston head coach Doug Wojcik against the Charleston Southern in the Buc Dome on Wednesday November 28, 2012. (Wade Spees/

After a month of allegations and accusations, two investigations, pages and pages of testimony, and nearly an hour of video, the College of Charleston and basketball coach Doug Wojcik are no closer to a final resolution.

Wojcik began serving a one-month suspension without pay on Friday, but no final decision on the embattled coach's future with the school appears to be imminent since the results of the school's initial investigation became public in early July.

Cougars assistant coach Antonio Reynolds Dean, who was hired on June 9, will serve as "acting" head coach in Wojcik's absence this month, Charleston athletic director Joe Hull said.

Assistant coaches Joe Wallace and Ryan Freeberg will report to Hull during Wojcik's suspension.

"We're not putting an 'interim' tag on any of the assistant coaches," Hull said. "Antonio will run the practices that we have in August."

The suspension without pay will cost Wojcik $33,667 in August, which amounts to nearly $1,100 a day. Wojcik cannot have any contact with players or assistant coaches during his suspension, sources confrimed.

Since the middle of May, the College has launched two investigations into Wojcik's actions during his tenure as the school's basketball coach. The first was completed at the end of June and concluded with a 50-page report that exposed dozens of allegations of Wojcik lashing out at players with obscenities, personal attacks and physical threats.

Hull told players during a meeting on June 30 that he was going to fire Wojcik. However, outgoing president George Benson overruled Hull and suspended Wojcik without pay for the month of August and ordered him to undergo mandatory counseling, multiple sources confirmed.

The College's second investigation, which began in July under new College president Glenn McConnell, is an attempt to find cause to fire Wojcik, despite the agreement that was reached between Benson and the coach, sources confirmed.

If the College fires Wojcik with cause, they would not have to pay the full $1.2 million remaining on his contract, which extends three more seasons.

That probe was prompted after former Cougars guard Trevonte Dixon claimed he was physically assaulted by Wojcik twice during the 2012-13 season. Dixon claims to have been assaulted during an exhibition game in Canada during the preseason and again during a road game against Elon in 2012.

Dixon also alleges that Wojcik threw basketballs at players during several practices.

Wojcik's attorney, Scott Tompsett, however, provided The Post and Courier with video footage this past Tuesday of the Cougars' game with Elon on Dec. 1, 2012, when one of the alleged incidents took place.

Tompsett also provided 30 minutes of practice video that appears to contradict Dixon's claims.

The College of Charleston will likely have to pay Wojcik a portion of his remaining salary. In a similar case, Rutgers basketball coach Mike Rice, who was caught on video using slurs and hitting players during practices, received a $475,000 settlement with the school. Rice had $1.1 million remaining on his contract when the case was settled in April 2013.

Ironically, former Cougars star Anthony Johnson, who is considered the frontrunner for the position if Wojcik leaves or a settlement is reached, held his annual weeklong youth basketball camp at TD Arena this past week.

Two of Charleston's top returning starters - center Adjehi Baru and guard Anthony Stitt - worked Johnson's camp. Johnson also took part in a couple of impromptu pickup games with the Cougars players this week.

Johnson didn't want to speculate on the job or his interest in becoming the Cougars head coach as long as Wojcik is still employed by the school. Johnson was interviewed for the position before Wojcik was hired in 2012.

"It would be inappropriate for me to talk about a job that wasn't available," said Johnson. "Coach Wojcik is the head coach at the College of Charleston, and until that changes, I just feel like the right thing to do is to let him do his job and not talk about any of those matters."

However, if Wojcik were to leave the program, Johnson said he would be interested in the position. Johnson had strong support from many in the Cougar Club, the school's athletic booster organization, when he pursued the job in 2012.

"I would definitely like to have the conversations with the necessary people to see their vision for the program and see if it could be a win-win for everyone," Johnson said.

The school's board of trustees is scheduled to meet Thursday and Friday.