UConn Huskies Fire Kevin Ollie Citing Just Cause

The UConn Huskies have fired head coach Kevin Ollie citing “initiated disciplinary procedures”, the school announced on Saturday.

“It is unfortunate that this decision became necessary,” athletic director David Benedict said in an official statement. “As with all of our programs, we hold men’s basketball to the highest standards. We will begin a national search immediately to identify our next head coach.”

UConn was the subject of an NCAA investigation back in January but no details were made available at that time.

However, Hearst Connecticut Media cited unidentified sources saying the inquiry was related to recruiting.

“The men’s basketball program has a proud history and a tradition of excellence,” university president Susan Herbst said. “Our goal, above all, is to ensure we have a program that UConn Nation can be proud of, including our students, alumni, fans and all our committed supporters.”

Ollie is no small departure as he has had an impressive tenure, leading the Huskies to a national title in his second season back in 2014.

Ollie also has drawn interest from NBA teams over the years and is likely to make the jump following his ouster from UConn.

UConn finished with a 14-18 record this past season.

 

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