Doug Wojcik heads out recruiting
College of Charleston coach Doug Wojcik headed out on the recruiting trail on Thursday with the university's approval, a source close to the situation told ESPN.
Wojcik, who has been suspended for the month of August following an investigation of verbal abuse, did not go out on the road recruiting last week -- when the ever-important July recruiting period began.
The school announced that Wojcik would not go out recruiting this week, but granted permission -- sources told ESPN -- for Wojcik to head out this weekend to Augusta, Georgia, wheremultiple events in which college coaches evaluate high school players will take place.
The investigation of Wojcik, which was detailed in a 50-page report, found that he 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.
Wojcik's attorney, Scott Tompsett, said that Wojcik cooperated with the investigation and accepted the subsequent sanctions levied by the school, which included a suspension without pay for August and a mandate for long-term counseling and monitoring. Tompsett said a couple weeks ago that Wojcik was not planning to resign.
"He has three years remaining on his contract, and he intends to fulfill that contract," Tompsett said in a statement provided to ESPN.com in early July. "Coach Wojcik very much wants to be the head men's basketball coach at the College of Charleston."
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.
"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."
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 final of the Southern Conference tournament championship in Wojcik's first season and were 14-18 this past season, their first in the CAA.
ESPN.com's Andy Katz contributed to this report.
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