Preston’s return to bench at KSU still unknown
by John Bednarowski
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January 20, 2014 11:58 PM | 1989 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The timetable for Kennesaw State basketball coach Lewis Preston’s return to the bench remains in flux.

Meetings between Preston and Kennesaw State athletic director Vaughn Williams to determine the coach’s return to his post originally scheduled for Sunday night and rescheduled for Monday night were put off again. Williams said there was no further issue other than scheduling snafus for the delays. Williams added that he and Preston, who took a leave of absence for health and personal reasons Jan. 2, will have that meeting sometime later this week, but a specific date was not given.

Kennesaw State has a pair of home games this week. The Owls (4-16, 1-6 Atlantic Sun) host Stetson on Thursday, and then they play last year’s NCAA tournament darling, Florida Gulf Coast, on Saturday.

Kennesaw State has gone 1-4 under interim head coach Jimmy Lallathin during Preston’s absence.

While no timetable for Preston’s return was ever given, Williams initially said he hoped it would only be a limited time before the coach made his way back.

“It could be a week, it could be two weeks,” Williams said on Jan. 4. “Right now, we just want him to take the time he needs to get things straight.”

If Preston does not return for this week’s games, there will only be nine games left in the regular season. As of today, the Owls are in last place in the 10-team A-Sun. Only eight teams qualify for the season-ending conference tournament.

Kennesaw State is the first head-coaching job for the 43-year-old Preston, and he was the first signature hire Williams made after becoming athletic director at the university in April 2011.

Preston is 9-67 (a .118 winning percentage), and the team is 10-71 overall in his first 2-plus seasons at the helm. Only six of those victories have come against Division I programs. Over the same time frame, the Owls are 3-40 in Atlantic Sun Conference play.

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