UConn Has 10 Days To Pay Ex-Head Coach Kevin Ollie $11 Million

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The former University of Connecticut head men’s basketball coach won his arbitration case for being improperly fired by the school in 2018.  

The University of Connecticut was ordered to pay its alum and former men’s head basketball coach $11 million for being unjustly fired. 

It’s not next-day shipping, but it is priority mail for Kevin Ollie, who won his arbitration case Thursday against the university. The school has 10 business days to pay Ollie. 

Ollie, 49, roamed the sideline for UConn for six years, leading the Huskies to a National Championship in 2014.   

However, he was let go by the program in March 2018 due to “disciplinary measures.” The university fired Ollie to avoid paying him a massive buyout from his contract. The school also reported several NCAA violations in his program.

According to the independent arbitrator Mark Irvings, UConn “violated the collective bargaining agreement when it terminated Kevin Ollie without just cause.”  

The arbitrator ruled in the former head coach’s favor, ordering UConn to pay him “$11,157,032.95 within the next 10 business days.” Ollie’s attorney, Jacques Parenteau called the ruling a “total vindication.”  

UConn “vigorously disagrees” with the arbitrator’s decision. “This arbitration clearly established — after 33 days of hearings and the testimony and cross examination of actual witnesses under oath — that Kevin Ollie did not violate the NCAA rules that were used to justify the draconian sanctions imposed on him,’” Parenteau and co-counsel William Madsen said in a statement. The arbitrator correctly found that there was no just cause to terminate Kevin Ollie’s employment as the head coach of an NCAA basketball team.” 

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The NCAA violations led to two years of probation by the Huskies and Ollie had to sit out three years before becoming a head coach in the NCAA again. 

The former UConn coach is currently coaching for Overtime Elite, a “transformative new sports league that offers the world’s most talented young basketball players a better pathway to becoming professional athletes.”  

The UConn athletic department sports budget rose from $43.5 million to $47.2 million a day before the ruling. 

“In closing, I wish to assure the University of Connecticut community, my alma mater and an institution that has meant so much to me over the years, that the university will always have a special place in my heart and will always be a part of my family,” Ollie’s statement said.  

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