Doug Wojcik not planning to resign
College of Charleston coach Doug Wojcik is not planning on resigning in the wake of a school investigation that culminated in a 50-page report that alleges numerous instances of verbal abuse.
"It's not true that coach Wojcik is quitting," Wojcik's attorney, Scott Tompsett, said in a statement provided to ESPN.com on Saturday. "He has three years remaining on his contract, and he intends to fulfill that contract. Coach Wojcik very much wants to be the head men's basketball coach at the College of Charleston."
The investigation found that Wojcik likely verbally abused players, using threatening, degrading and profane language in dealing with the team -- including using a homophobic slur against one player. Wojcik denied using the slur against the player in the report.
Tompsett said that Wojcik cooperated with the investigation and accepted the sanctions. The school has suspended Wojcik without pay for the entire month of August. He also will undergo long-term counseling and monitoring.
"I'm sincerely remorseful and apologize to those I've hurt," Wojcik said in the statement. "I've already started making amends and working on correcting my actions. The College and I are grateful these concerns were brought to our attention, and every effort will be made to improve relations between myself and all members of the men's basketball program."
Sources told ESPN that there is a faction within the team that wants Wojcik removed, but there are players and parents that have come out in support of the former Tulsa head coach. Wojcik has three years remaining on his contract worth a total of approximately $1.2 million.
"We're hopeful the team will move forward with him toward a successful season in the Colonial Athletic Association," Tompsett said in the statement. "I'm speaking for myself when I say this; everyone deserves a chance to correct their mistakes. This is the first time the College received complaints, and it did the right thing by conducting a thorough investigation and bringing it to coach Wojcik's attention. He's taken this very seriously, as he should. And since the investigation began right through to president (George) Benson's decision, he's been cooperative and compliant. And like anyone else, coach Wojcik deserves a chance to make things right."
Among the report's conclusions were that:
• It was likely Wojcik made comments to players that constituted name calling such as "dumb," "idiot," "stupid," and "variations of such words that included profanity."
• It was likely Wojcik used a homophobic slur to brand one player "on at least one occasion and likely on multiple occasions."
• It was likely Wojcik made negative comments about players' parents and upbringing.
• It was likely Wojcik made comments that were "threatening or challenging in nature."
• It was likely many players believe Wojcik's behavior toward them is "generally insulting and degrading."
Wojcik came to the College of Charleston after the 2011-12 season, taking over for the retiring Bobby Cremins. The Cougars went 24-11 and reached the finals of the Southern Conference tournament championship in Wojcik's first season and were 14-18 this past season, their first in the CAA.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.
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