Former UCONN Coach Ollie Notified of Violations by NCAA

September 29, 2018 - 3:28 am

JenneenLee, WTIC


STORRS, Conn. (AP) _ The University of Connecticut and former basketball coach 
Kevin Ollie have been notified by the NCAA of alleged recruiting and other 
violations during his tenure at the school.
 The notice of allegations, released Friday night by UConn with the names of 
recruits redacted, include numerous charges, including unethical conduct by 
Ollie for allegedly provided false or misleading information about video calls 
to a recruit from two former UConn stars, Hall of Famer Ray Allen and San 
Antonio Spurs guard Rudy Gay. 
 Based on the allegations, the NCAA recommends the case be reviewed by a hearing 
panel of its Committee on Infractions ``pursuant to procedures applicable to a 
severe breach of conduct.''
 Ollie was fired by UConn in March with cause, allowing the school to forgo 
paying him the $10 million left on his contract. The school later released 1,300 
pages documents outlining alleged NCAA violations under Ollie.
 Ollie is challenging the school's decision to withhold the money and has 
asserted that any violations were minimal and isolated.
 His attorney, Jim Parenteau, issued a statement Friday night disputing the NCAA 
findings and said he ``is disappointed that the NCAA has chosen to align itself 
with the University of Connecticut in the pending arbitration.''
 ``Coach Ollie denies engaging in any conduct that would constitute 
non-compliance with NCAA rules and regulations and looks forward to defending 
himself and restoring his reputation,'' he wrote.
 UConn officials said in a statement that the findings are consistent with the 
results of the school's own investigation and they had been expecting the news.
 ``While the allegations are a disappointment for the university, our 
student-athletes and coaches, and certainly all of UConn Nation, we believe 
strongly that we have made difficult yet appropriate decisions intended to 
protect the accountability, integrity, and success of our athletic program now 
and well into the future,'' the statement read.
 The allegations against Ollie and his staff also include: having improper 
contact with recruits, providing impermissible meals to recruits, shooting 
baskets with a recruit, holding improper workouts and providing free tickets to 
an athletic trainer who hosted improper training sessions both on campus and in 
Georgia, which amounted to gifts.
 Most of the violations had already been outlined in more than 1,300 pages of 
documents released by UConn in the spring. 
 UConn President Susan Herbst, in a June letter upholding the decision to fire 
Ollie, said the coach's failure to report eve inadvertent violations constitutes 
either a knowing disregard for his compliance obligations or a ``gross inability 
to satisfy them.''
 Ollie was fired after a 14-18 season amid the NCAA investigation. He led UConn 
to a 127-79 record over six seasons, including the 2014 national title.
 The school in March hired coach Dan Hurley to take over the program, which 
opens practice on Saturday and has it first game of the season on Nov. 8 against 
Morehead State.