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Byington Staying At Georgia Southern

STATESBORO, GA -

Former College of Charleston assistant and interim head basketball coach Mark Byington is committed to his job as the head coach at Georgia Southern and is, apparently, not interested in returning to replace Doug Wojcik with the Cougars according to a release sent out by Georgia Southern on Thursday. Byington, who spent 9 seasons as an assistant with CofC and took over the team at the end of the 2011-12 season after Bobby Cremins took a medical leave of absence, is getting ready to start his 2nd season leading the Eagles.

“I took the job at Georgia Southern because it's a great University, and I work for a great administration." Byington said in a statement. "I came here to win championships and feel we are headed in that direction. I am excited to coach our team and look forward to competing in the Sun Belt Conference.”

Byington was a candidate to take over for Cremins full time after the coach retired following the 11-12 season but the school chose Wojcik instead. At the time, Wojcik had said he was hopeful to keep Byington on the staff but Byington chose to take an assistant job at Virginia Tech.

“Mark Byington and I have had several conversations in the wake of the College of Charleston's head coach position opening." said Georgia Southern Athletics Director Tom Kleinlein. "Mark has reiterated to me his commitment to winning a championship at Georgia Southern and is not interested in the consideration for their head coaching job."

"I am proud of what Mark has done in leading our men's basketball program during his first year at the helm, and I am confident in the direction that our program is headed.”

Wojcik was fired on Tuesday in a statement by President George McConnell in the wake of 2 separate reports investigating the coach of verbal and possible physical abuse against his players and members of the athletic staff.

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