U Conn's Kevin Ollie goes after $10M Remaining on Contract

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Kevin Ollie

Scribe: Samuel Otis

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Last month U Conn men's basketball coach Kevin Ollie got the axe after two losing seasons and the team under a NCAA investigation.

The the university said in a statement, “initiated disciplinary procedures” to dismiss Ollie. The letter penned by president Susan Herbst who did not disclose the scope of the investigation is not clear.

Ollie has challenged the decision saying that he is still owe $10 million of a five year contract worth $17.9 million. The actual agreement has not been ascertained, and the specifics fo the contract have not been made available. The dismissal comes four years after Ollie coached the Huskies to a national NCAA title. David Benedict the U Conn athletic director said the search for a new coach began immediately and continued, “unfortunate that this decision became necessary.”

When the embattled coach got news of the information he said in a written statement, “It has always been my creed to conduct myself in a manner that reflects positively on the university, my program and my family. … This process has just begun, and I intend to work vigorously to defend my honor and my integrity, and to defend my good name to the fullest extent provided under the law, the university grievance procedures and the NCAA compliance process.”

The NCAA also decided that recruit Sidney Wilson benched for the season as a transfer after enrolling in summer courses at St. John’s.

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