CoC job still open. Lutz leaving?

Hearing some news that College of Charleston’s coaching replacement plans haven’t evolved the way they originally hoped…which means that the candidate pool that included Bobby Lutz is back in play. This news broke yesterday.

Anthony Johnson withdraws from CofC Men’s Basketball coach search
Posted: Aug 27, 2014 5:45 PM EDT
Updated: Aug 27, 2014 5:50 PM EDT
By News 2 Staff

CHARLESTON, SC – The top two candidates for men’s head basketball coach at the College of Charleston withdrew their names from consideration Wednesday.

Former CofC star Anthony Johnson was considered the front-runner to replace Doug Wojcik, who was fired on August 5th amid allegations of verbal and physical abuse of players. Late this afternoon, Johnson told News 2′s Brendan Clark he was withdrawing for personal and family reasons.

The other finalist, Wofford head basketball coach Mike Young, also took his name out of the running today. In opting to stay with the Terriers, Young told GoUpstate.com “we were respectful of the process… but just like I have been for a long, long time, I am invested in this college and this program. I’m ready to put this thing together and I’m beyond excited.”

Today’s announcements leave CofC with very little time to fill its head coaching vacancy. The Cougars basketball season begins on November 15th against Furman. Among the other candidates originally interviewed for the job were Bobby Lutz, an assistant with NC State, and Earl Grant, an assistant with Clemson.

Stay with News 2 for continuing coverage of this developing story.

I don’t like what I’m hearing as to Charleston’s elevated interest in giving the Wolfpack assistant their head job. Of course, we’d be super happy for Bobby, but the timing sure would suck just a month or so before basketball practice begins. Stay tuned for more as it develops.