Cantwell says KSU President Daniel Papp offered him the job Feb. 16, 2011, but said it couldn't be announced until after an 8-23 season. Cantwell quit a job in North Carolina and moved back into his family's vacant Marietta home next door to Papp, USA Today reported.
The lawsuit says Cantwell was offered $340,000 in salary for himself and his staff, and he began to recruit players and assistants, including former Georgia Tech and NBA point guard Kenny Anderson.
But on April 9, 2011, Cantwell says, Papp told him he wasn't going to be the coach.
Later that month, , Vaughn Williams, made his first hire even before officially starting the job, as the men’s basketball coach.
Kennesaw State finished 3-28 in Preston's first season.