The eight-person search committee appointed to find a basketball coach at the College of Charleston met for more than an hour Thursday.

A source associated with the College of Charleston athletic department confirmed the meeting and said the committee hopes to have a candidate to recommend to school president Glenn McConnell before the start of classes, which begin Aug. 19.

Former head coach Doug Wojcik was fired on Tuesday for "just cause" by McConnell after allegations of verbal and physical abuse of players and athletic department staff members surfaced in a 50-page report in early July.

College of Charleston athletic director Joe Hull, who is chairing the search committee, said he hopes to have a candidate in place as soon as possible.

"I can't put a timetable on it, only to say that we're going to get through the process as quickly as we can, so we can pick the best candidate," Hulls said. "We will get the process moving next week."

Former Cougar guard Anthony Johnson is considered the leading candidate for the job.