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CofC players forgive Wojcik, school names search committee

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In a statement released Wednesday morning from the College of Charleston men's basketball team, team members say they forgive former head coach Doug Wojcik, who was fired by CofC on Tuesday amid allegations of verbal and physical abuse of players.

The statement reads:

"These past few weeks have been difficult for us, yet in many ways, it has brought us closer together as a team. The uncertainty of the outcome of the investigation, as well as seeing our confidential testimonies suddenly exposed for the world to see, has been unsettling to say the least. We would like to thank our families, our fans, members of the Cougar Club and the administration at the College of Charleston for their unwavering support during this horrendous situation. There have been many half-truths and misinformation that have surfaced during the investigation. We know, and our coaches know, what really happened over the last two seasons, and we as players did our best to report that information truthfully and accurately to the appropriate people. We completely and wholeheartedly concur with the findings of the investigation and teh actions that President McConnell has taken in this matter. None of us will be making individual comments to the media on the situations we endured. We forgive Coach Wojcik and hope that he and his family can move forward in a positive manner from here. We are looking forward to putting this behind us and getting back to what we are here to do in the first place ---get an excellent college education and reach our full potential as athletes and as a team on the basketball court."

The statement, signed "College of Charleston Men's Basketball Team," was signed by every rostered player on the team, according to CofC spokesman Mike Robertson.

The players did not go into any further detail about the "half-truths and misinformation" they referenced in the statement.

Wojcik has continued to deny the allegations against him.

CofC President Glenn McConnell announced on Tuesday afternoon that he had decided to terminate the coach, effective immediately, "for just cause," pursuant to the terms of Wojcik's contract. It is unclear whether the college will attempt to avoid paying the $1.2 million for the three years remaining on that contract.

Late Wednesday afternoon, the school released the names of the search committee that will make recommendations for the hiring of CofC's next head basketball coach. The committee was appointed by McConnell and will be led by Athletics Director Joe Hull. Other members include

·      Vince Benigni, Faculty Representative to Athletics

·      Otto German ’73, Assistant Athletics Director for NCAA Compliance

·      Kenneth (Gus) Gustafson ’75, men’s basketball alumnus

·      John Kresse, former Men’s Basketball Head Coach

·      Monte Lee ’00, Baseball Head Coach

·      Steve Osborne ’73, Executive Vice President for Business Affairs

·      Tomi Youngblood, President of the Cougar Club Board of Directors

"The individuals on this committee all have dedicated themselves tirelessly to the tradition of athletic excellence at the College of Charleston" McConnell said. "I greatly appreciate their willingness to serve in this important capacity, and I look forward to receiving their recommendations."

The school also officially announced that assistant coach Antonio Reynolds-Dean will be the interim head coach for the Cougars until a full time head coach is found. Reynolds-Dean was brought onto the staff by Wojcik back in June coming from Northeastern. 

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