Wojcik mess might cost Cougars an entire season

College of Charleston basketball coach Doug Wojcik's future with the Cougars is uncertain.

The College of Charleston's Doug Wojcik debacle, Week 3: The lame duck head coach appears at key stops in Georgia on the college basketball recruiting circuit while attorneys apparently haggle over a dismissal settlement that might cost the school $1.2 million.

At this rate, an ill-timed power vacuum might keep the College of Charleston from hiring a permanent replacement for Wojcik until after the 2014-2015 basketball season.

Waiting, considering the cluster of circumstances, isn't such a bad idea.

Skate with an interim coach for a season, one of the current assistants.

Then hire The Right Guy.

In the meantime, the embarrassment continues for a fine institution during a slow time for college basketball news. The national story is Wojcik, and what he was doing at showcase summer league tournaments in Augusta and Atlanta when the College of Charleston stated on July 8 that Wojcik would not recruit this summer.

"I've talked to our people and we can't say anything about men's basketball," College of Charleston Director of Media Relations Mike Robertson said Friday.

School officials are a fountain of information about baseball and equestrian. But they haven't said much about basketball for three weeks as they try to keep up with leverage gained by Wojcik's attorney, Scott Tompsett.

Wojcik is the subject of a 50-page independent report that included dozens of bullying and verbal harassment allegations from players and staff. The coach on June 30 accepted a suspension for the month of August from outgoing school president George Benson. But the school has since sought to fire Wojcik with cause, an idea originally suggested by athletic director Joe Hull before Benson overruled on his way out the door.

The massive recovery process is complex.

Wojcik is on the road semi-representing the College of Charleston in public because he remains under contract, his suspension doesn't start until August and July is the most important recruiting month in college basketball.

It's understandable all the way around. The former Naval officer doesn't want to be insubordinate. The College of Charleston is afraid to complicate their negotiating position by adding another suspension.

And no high school prospect in his right mind would commit to the Cougars this month.

Hull has been silent - more like silenced - for three weeks (except for his July 11 blog about the success of the Cougars' spring sports and academics). He apparently is a lame duck, too, partly because he hired Wojcik two years ago and College of Charleston basketball popularity plunged during a rare losing season last year.

Ideally, you want the athletic director to hire the head coach in your most prominent sport. If not, there is an odd working relationship right away, and at this point the College of Charleston needs all the smoothness it can get.

The road to stability:

Extend Hull's contract or let him go real soon.

If Hull is dispatched, form an athletic director search committee that includes former basketball coaches John Kresse and Bobby Cremins, associate athletic directors Laura Lageman and Otto German, baseball coach Monte Lee and one representative each from the board, faculty and student body. The College of Charleston has smart people willing to help and they must be called upon.

Wait for the new AD to preside over the hiring of the next full-time coach.

If it gets too close to basketball season, spend the season evaluating candidates and wait until March.

Hire a good coach.

Obviously, recruiting takes a hit.

But short-term suffering is well worth what the College of Charleston gets in return.

A plan that makes rivals worry.

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