Thursday, August 4, 2016

Kennesaw State Head Coach Tory Acheson Fired

Kennesaw State second-year head coach Tory Acheson has been fired after the school's Title IX office determined he had made inappropriate comments to members of the team, which in turn violated the school's established policy on sexual misconduct.

Two anonymous letters were received by members of the Kennesaw State athletic department, including one that was also sent to Marion Fedrick, the University System of Georgia's Vice Chancellor for Human Resources. Both letters included specific allegations toward Acheson, including sexual coments to players, threats to ermove scholarships for lack of performance, and inappropriate physical touching of players.

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.

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