Doug Wojcik’s attorney releases video of player assault allegations

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Allegations of abuse have been the focal point of the College of Charleston men’s basketball program for the entire month of July. Last week, the school launched its second investigation into head coach Doug Wojcik, who has been accused of both verbal and physical abuse.

The latest investigation stems from accusations made by Trevonte Dixon, a guard who spent the 2012-2013 season playing for the Cougars. He accused Wojcik of assaulting him during a confrontation after Dixon was taken out of game, while also claiming Wojcik threw basketballs at players during practice.

On Tuesday, Wojcik’s attorney, Scott Tompsett provided Andrew Miller of the Post and Courier video of the alleged incidents. The confrontation Dixon claimed happened took place on Dec. 1, 2012 during a game against Elon. There is also footage of the same half-court drill, which is from several different practices.

From the video, because of the angle and distance, it’s difficult to tell if Wojcik made contact with Dixon after he had benched him during that contest.

As for the footage from practice, he did hit players with basketballs during the drill, but he appears to aim for the back, arms and legs. They certainly weren’t thrown with the same intent as Mike Rice.

“The video we’ve provided shows players occasionally getting hit with the ball in the back, legs or buttocks because they were not looking for the pass,” Tompsett said through a statement. “And that’s what happens in real-game situations. The drill simulates a game situation.”

Keep in mind, the video and explanations are coming from Wojcik’s attorney. Obviously, Tompsett isn’t going to provide any incriminating evidence to the media. This is from Darren Stoltzfus from WCIV in Charleston who spoke with Dixon’s attorney:

The Post and Courier does not have an embeddable link, but the video is available on its website.

The initial investigation was reported on July 2. Wojcik is suspended for the month of August without pay.

Tom Izzo’s point is valid, but he’s wrong about the new fouling rules

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On Sunday night, after No. 3 Michigan State knocked off No. 23 Providence in the final of the Wooden Legacy, Spartans head coach Tom Izzo made sure to make his feelings known about the new college basketball officiating mandates.

He doesn’t like them.

At all.

“I just think we’re taking the flow of the game away,” Izzo said. “Maybe it’ll change. We’ll play by the same rules everybody else does. But I think I can voice my opinion to say that I don’t agree with it.”

Part of what frustrated Izzo was that, in a matchup between the two best players in college basketball, both Denzel Valentine and Kris Dunn were sent to the bench with foul trouble.

“I didn’t like it either way,” Izzo said. “I didn’t like having Denzel on the bench, and I didn’t even like watching Dunn on the bench.”

“Don’t tweet this now and leave out the officials,” he added, according to CBSSports.com. “It’s not their fault. Because that’s the way they’re mandated to call them. So I am really either blaming the rules committee, which ends up on the coaches somewhat. So I’m looking in the mirror and blaming myself because I should have argued it more maybe. I just don’t think it’s fun to have these guys sitting.”

This is nothing new for Izzo. This was calculated. He basically said the same thing after Michigan State, then No. 1 in the country, beat Oklahoma in the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic two seasons ago, when the rules committee tried to implement these same rules. It was his pushback that started the campaign to get rid of the freedom of movement rules.

But here’s the thing: we all knew this was going to happen. We knew there was going to be an adjustment period, for coaches and players and referees alike. In the long run, freedom of movement is good for basketball. It’s part of the reason the NBA is so much fun to watch these days, as their emphasis on the freedom of movement got us out of the days where the Detroit Pistons were winning titles without scoring 80 points.

Physicality is ingrained in college basketball. Coaches teach defense a certain way. Players play defense a certain way. The guys in the NBA are stronger, but the style of play is much more physical in the college game than the pro game. That doesn’t change overnight.

It changes when those rules are enforced and those fouls are called, and, as a result, the players and coaches learn to adjust to them.

Kennesaw State blows eight-point lead in 16 seconds, loses to Elon

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Kennesaw State entered Monday night at 1-6 on the season, but with 19 seconds left, it looked like the Owls have their second of the season locked up. Kendrick Ray made a pair of free throws with 19 seconds left to put KSU up 89-81, and all they had to do was avoid a complete meltdown to get out with a win.

They couldn’t.

A Luke Eddy layup with 16 seconds left cut the lead to six, and after KSU’s Nigel Pruitt missed two free throws, Dainan Swoope his a three with seven seconds left to make the score 89-86.

On the ensuing inbounds, Kennesaw State threw the ball away … and then proceeded to foul Eddy when he was shooting a three. This is what that disaster looked like:

Eddy would hit all three threes before, shockingly, KSU turned the ball over again. Elon could not capitalize this time, sending the game to overtime, where the Phoenix outscored the Owls 14-4.

Elon won 104-94.

Here’s what the comeback looked like on the play-by-play:

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