Published: Sun, March 11, 2018
Science | By Joan Schultz

Kevin Ollie out as men's basketball coach at CT after six seasons

Kevin Ollie out as men's basketball coach at CT after six seasons

"The University of CT has initiated disciplinary procedures to terminate the employment of Head Men's Basketball Coach Kevin Ollie for just cause", the school said in a release.

UConn subsequently confirmed the news and added that it has "initiated disciplinary procedures" to terminate Ollie "for just cause".

Kevin Ollie will not return as the head men's basketball coach at the University of CT after six seasons at the helm.

A move that would've seemed stunning two years ago was all but inevitable after the 45-year-old oversaw three straight subpar seasons in Storrs.

Ollie coached UConn a total of six seasons and never finished better than tied for third in his league despite winning the 2014 national title as a No. 7 seed. "The University will have no further comment on the matter until the completion of both the University's disciplinary process and the ongoing NCAA investigation".

"The men's basketball program has a proud history and a tradition of excellence".

UConn athletic director David Benedict said the program will immediately begin to search for its next head coach. They finished 14-18 overall, 7-11 in the American this season and are now ranked 173rd at KenPom - right in between Wagner and Ball State.

After replacing Calhoun, Ollie won the NCAA championship in 2014 and was considered one of the top young coaches in the country, a potential National Basketball Association head coach, given his 13 years playing experience in the league. Shabazz Napier was a superstar all tournament, and led the team to a victory over Kentucky in the national championship. The team has not made it to the postseason since then, as it has had back-to-back sub-.500 seasons. The Huskies have been plagued by injuries and other issues.

The NCAA also ruled that recruit Sidney Wilson had to sit out the season as a transfer after taking summer courses at St. John's.

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