The hunt for a new basketball coach at the College of Charleston took a surprising turn Wednesday as the school's search committee considered the return of former coach Bobby Cremins, The Post and Courier has learned.

The proposal under consideration would bring Cremins, 67, back as head coach with former Cougars guard Anthony Johnson joining him as an assistant coach, or "coach in waiting," for the upcoming season, which is set to open Nov. 15 at Furman.

Under this scenario, Johnson would then take over the program for the 2015-16 season, a source within the school's athletic department confirmed.

When reached by phone late Wednesday afternoon, Cremins declined to comment.

"Be glad to talk once they make a decision," Cremins said in a text message Wednesday night.

A few influential members of the College's eight-person search committee, which met for an hour Wednesday, were hesitant to hire Johnson outright because he has no coaching experience, according to the source.