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College of Charleston head coach Doug Wojcik has been fired

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After a pair of investigations, College of Charleston head coach Doug Wojcik was fired on Tuesday afternoon.

Wojcik had been accused of verbally and physically abusing players. The investigation, conducted by the school, first went public in early July, followed by 50-page report, documenting the allegations. He was investigated a second time later that month, when a former player came forward claiming he had been in a physical confrontation with Wojcik in December 2012.

The school announced that Wojcik was fired for cause, in accordance to the terms of his contract. He had $1.2 million remaining on his deal.

“I want you to know, however, that the College of Charleston does not publicly discuss or comment on the specifics of personnel matters, unless there is a significantly compelling or legally mandated reason to do so,” College of Charleston President Glenn F. McConnell wrote in a statement.

Assistant coach Antonio Reynolds Dean was named acting head coach on Aug. 1 while Wojcik served an unpaid suspension. Dean and the other two Charleston assistants handled the majority of the recruiting during the July live period, as Wojcik was barred from the first week, but was seen at events in South Carolina and Atlanta later in the month, according to reports.

Andrew Miller, who has covered this scandal for the Post and Courier, reported over the weekend that former Charleston guard and NBA veteran Anthony Johnson was being considered the frontrunner for the job as the school looked to put an end to the ordeal. Whoever takes over the program will inherit a 14-18 (6-10 CAA) team without its leading scorer and rebounder from a season ago. But this is a quality mid-major job in a competitive conference.

In two seasons at Charleston, Wojcik was 38-29. He spent the previous seven seasons at Tulsa.

Illinois’ injury woes continue as starting center needs knee surgery

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Illinois suffered another blow in what has already turned out to be a brutal season.

Mike Thorne is expected to miss the rest of the season after tearing his meniscus. He reportedly underwent surgery on Monday to repair the injury.

Thorne, a transfer from Charlotte, was starting at center for the Illini and doing a good job of it as well. He was averaging 13.4 points and 8.4 boards, although Illinois has started off the season 3-4.

The reason for that slow start has mainly been those injuries. Tracy Abrams is already out for the season after tearing his achilles, and the Illini training room looked like a M.A.S.H. unit. Kendrick Nunn just returned two games ago from surgery to repair a torn thumb ligament. LeRon Black is still getting back to speed after offseason knee surgery. Jaylon Tate is back after dislocating a finger. Jalen Coleman-Lands was slowed by a stress fracture.

John Groce entered this season on the hot seat, and dealing with all of these injuries certainly isn’t helping his cause.

NEW PODCAST: Recapping Feast Week

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We talk about a lot of stuff of the podcast today, mainly because a lot of stuff happened since we last spoke with you all.

For starters, we need to discuss the ‘realness’ of Syracuse and Xavier. Are they both truly top 15 teams, or do they just have top 15 resumes? We also dive into Chris Mack’s epic troll-job of Dayton at the Advocare Invitational final.

Other topics we touched on: Whether or not Scott is ever going to apologize to Wayne Selden, Wichita State’s tournament hopes, Texas A&M and whether we’d take Ben Simmons, Kris Dunn or Denzel Valentine today.

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