The allegations of inappropriate touching appeared to stem from Acheson hugging and kissing some players on the cheek; Acheson defended some comments and outbursts of rage and anger as stemming from emotional issues after his wife's sudden death in November 2014.
The school's investigation also uncovered that Acheson falsified his application for employment at KSU, an allegation Acheson later admitted to. According to Acheson, he characterized his departure from his previous job at Tennessee Tech as being due to a 'disagreement with [the] athletic director', while in actuality, he was asked to resign in lieu of termination.
Along with Acheson's termination, the school suspended athletic director Vaughn Williams and senior associate athletic director Scott Whitlock for their failure to properly manage and respond to the situation and discipline Acheson appropriately.
In 2016, Acheson's first full season as full-time head coach, the Owls posted a 30-28 record, including an 8-10 mark in conference play. The squad went 2-6 against Power Five opponents, including wins over Michigan State and Rutgers, and lost in the conference tournament semifinals to end their season.
WXIA out of Atlanta was the first to report on Acheson's firing and the investigation's findings.