UConn to pay Kevin Ollie another $3.9 million severance pay

UConn to pay Kevin Ollie another $3.9 million severance pay

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STORRS, Conn. — UConn announced Thursday that it has agreed to pay former men’s basketball coach Kevin Ollie an additional $3.9 million to resolve discrimination claims surrounding his firing in 2018.

The money comes on top of more than $11.1 million in back wages Ollie already received after an arbitrator ruled in January that he was wrongfully fired under the school’s agreement with the teachers’ union.

“I am grateful that we were able to reach an agreement,” Ollie said in a statement Thursday. “My time at UConn as a student-athlete and coach is something I will always cherish. I am pleased that this matter has been fully and finally resolved.”

Ollie, a former UConn point guard who guided the Huskies to a 127-79 record and the 2014 national championship in six seasons as head coach, was fired after two losing seasons. UConn also stopped paying him under his contract, citing numerous NCAA violations in terminating the deal.

In 2019, the NCAA placed UConn on probation for two years, and Ollie was individually sanctioned for violations that the NCAA says occurred between 2013 and 2018. Ollie’s attorneys, Jacques Parenteau and William Madsen, accused UConn of making claims false statements to the NCAA for the purpose of firing Ollie “for cause.”

The school had argued that Ollie’s violations were serious and that his individual contract superseded those union protections.

Ollie’s attorneys had argued that white coaches, including Hall of Famers Jim Calhoun and women’s coach Geno Auriemma, had also committed NCAA violations, without being fired, and indicated they planned to file a federal rights lawsuit. civilians.

The school and Ollie said in a joint statement Thursday that they were reaching a settlement “to avoid further costly and lengthy litigation.”

Both sides declined to comment further.

Ollie, who faced three years of NCAA restrictions to become a college basketball coach again, currently coaches for the Overtime Elite, a league that grooms the best out-of-college prospects to go pro.

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