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.
Colorado sophomore forward Tory Miller has been reprimanded by the Pac-12 and he also apologized for biting Air Force’s Hayden Graham earlier this week.
During Colorado’s win over Air Force on Wednesday, Miller was assessed a Flagrant 2 Dead Ball Technical Foul and ejected with 12:25 left in the second half after biting Graham during a loose ball.
In a release from the Pac-12, they announced reprimanding Miller, but he will not be suspended.
“All of our student-athletes must adhere to the Pac-12’s Standards of Conduct and Sportsman-ship,” Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott said in the release. “Regardless of Mr. Miller’s frustration and emotion, such behavior is unacceptable and he is being appropriately reprimanded.”
Miller also released his apology in the same release.
“I would like to apologize for my actions during the Air Force game. I would like to apologize to Hayden Graham, Air Force, my teammates and fans. It was a heat of the moment thing. I’m an emotional player, but I let my emotions get the best of me. I will use this as a learning experience and focus on helping my teammates and respecting my opponents for the rest of the season and beyond,” Miller said.
For Miller to not be suspended for this is good news for him and Colorado since he won’t miss any additional action, but did the Pac-12 make the right decision on this?
Michigan State has climbed on the back of star senior wing Denzel Valentine early in the season but they’ll undoubtedly need more help as the season goes on if they want to sustain their current top-5 ranking. One of the keys to the Spartans could be the on-going health of sophomore point guard Lourawls ‘Tum Tum’ Nairn, who is battling a foot injury.
According to a report from Kyle Austin of MLive.com, Nairn has been putting on a protective boot the last few months to help battle plantar fasciitis as the guard has been playing in practices and hasn’t had his minutes reduced in games.
The injury looked like it was hurting Nairn’s early-season play, but he’s been very good in two games at the Wooden Legacy in California this week, so it could be that he’s getting more used to playing through the pain of the injury.
If Nairn is healthy and capable of contributing, he’s a huge boost to Michigan State because he’s one of the fastest players in college basketball and an additional ball handler on the floor. Through six games so far this season, Nairn is averaging 5.3 points and 4.7 assists per game as he’s been one of the team’s best distributors.
Plantar fasciitis can be a tough injury to fight through, so we’ll have to see if this affects Nairn as the season goes along.