UConn Reportedly Fires Kevin Ollie, Cites 'Just Cause' For Decision

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The university says it has "initiated disciplinary procedures" to dismiss him for "just cause". His teams reached the NCAA tournament two times, including winning the national title in 2014.

The school cited an NCAA investigation into the program, which was announced by the school back in January.

In his first two years as the head coach of the UConn Huskies men's basketball team, Kevin Ollie led the team to a 52-18 record and the 2014 national championship.

Ollie coached the Huskies to a 127-79 record in six seasons with the school.

In addition to the lackluster on-court play, UConn was also alerted to an NCAA probe focused on recruiting for the men's basketball program.


The Kevin Ollie era at UConn reportedly is over. The school says it would have no further comment until its "disciplinary process" and the ongoing NCAA inquiry are complete.

"It is unfortunate that this decision became necessary", athletic director David Benedict said in a statement. As with all of our programs, we hold men's basketball to the highest standards.

Ollie played for Jim Calhoun in the early 1990s and spent more than a decade as a journeyman in the National Basketball Association. And if it weren't for Jalen Adams' Hail Mary buzzer-beater against Cincinnati in the 2016 AAC Championship Game, UConn likely would be 0-for-4 since cutting down the nets. The next year, they posted a 32-8 record en route to winning the NCAA tournament, the fourth title in CT men's history.

But UConn went 16-17 a year ago and followed that with another losing one. VCU transfer Terry Larrier missed most of last season with a knee injury and has been hampered this year with a fractured sinus wall.

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