Charleston hires Earl Grant

Clemson assistant Earl Grant has reached an agreement to become the next head coach at Charleston, a source told CBSSports.com on Tuesday.

The school subsequently confirmed the news in a release.

"I believe the College of Charleston has a boundless opportunity with coach Earl Grant, and I am confident he will help launch a new beginning full of excellence, teamwork and success," said Charleston president Glenn McConnell. "Earl inherits a team that has bonded together during the past months and has shown character, fortitude and leadership. I am very proud of how this team has stood up to adversity."

Grant, 37, replaces Doug Wojcik, who was fired for cause Aug. 5 after multiple investigations uncovered allegations of verbal and physical assaults on players and staffers. CBSSports.com reported the following day that McConnell was facing internal and external pressure to hire a minority to maybe alleviate some of the criticism the school took in March when it hired McConnell, who once owned a shop that sold memorabilia of the South's rebellion, is a supporter of flying the Confederate flag on the statehouse grounds, and has been photographed dressed as a Confederate general. Consequently, the initial plan was to hire Charleston great Anthony Johnson. But that plan ended last week when Johnson was forced to withdraw from consideration after a 2011 arrest stemming from a domestic dispute was brought to the school's attention, at which point Charleston's search restarted.

Grant and former Charlotte coach Bobby Lutz both subsequently interviewed. Grant, who is African-American, accepted Charleston's offer on Monday. Before Clemson, he worked at Winthrop and Wichita State for Gregg Marshall.

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