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Anthony Johnson withdraws name from Charleston coaching search

Former NBA player and College of Charleston legend Anthony Johnson was expected to get the College of Charleston men’s head coaching job before withdrawing his name.
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Former NBA player and College of Charleston legend Anthony Johnson was expected to get the College of Charleston men’s head coaching job before withdrawing his name. Several media outlets, on Aug.28, are reporting that Johnson withdrew from consideration because of he was involved in a domestic dispute with his then-wife in 2011.

Johnson spoke to the Post and Courier about the incident. He told the paper that he and his now ex-wife, Crystal, are trying to reconcile.

"I let a lot of people down who were really supportive of me throughout this entire process," Johnson told the paper. "I let down my wife, my family and the College of Charleston and the Cougar community. I cannot tell you how sorry I am for this."

Johnson pled no contest to a disorderly conduct charge, in June 2011,and spent 19 days in jail. He was originally charged with four misdemeanor accounts before accepting the plea deal: two counts of simple battery, one count of simple battery of a pregnant female and third degree cruelty to a child, according to a police report obtained by the Post and Courier.

The couple divorced in 2013.

Wofford head coach Mike Young, who was also considered a favorite along with Johnson for the job, also removed his name from consideration. Young has been at Wofford for 12 years and cited his relationship with the team as his reason for not pursuing the Charleston job.

Charleston has been without a coach since firing Doug Wojcik for cause after multiple investigations into allegations of verbal and physical abuse of players and staffers.

Clemson assistant Earl Grant, UConn assistant Karl Hobbs, N.C. State assistant Bobby Lutz, Virginia assistant Ritchie McKay and former Charleston head coach Bobby Cremins are reportedly now the leading candidates for the job.