UConn settles with former men’s basketball coach Kevin Ollie for $3.9 million

The University of Connecticut and former men’s basketball coach Kevin Ollie have reached a settlement worth $3.9 million. This ends the long legal battle that has been going on between them since Ollie was fired in 2018 for allegedly breaking NCAA rules.

The settlement pretty much ends Ollie’s plan to sue the university in federal court for racial discrimination.

Ollie was a former point guard for UConn. In six seasons as head coach, he led the Huskies to a 127-79 record and the 2014 national championship. After two losing seasons, he was fired.

Ollie sued the school because it wouldn’t pay him the money that was left on his multimillion-dollar contract after he was fired. The school fired Ollie without pay and with a cause because he was accused of breaking the rules.

UConn settles with former men’s

In January, an arbitrator said that UConn “wrongfully” fired Ollie and gave him $11.1 million as a result. Ollie and the school said in a joint statement on Thursday that the $3.9 million settlement “resolves all outstanding matters related to his former job at the University of Connecticut and prevents further expensive and lengthy litigation.”

Ollie said in the statement, “I’m glad we were able to come to an agreement.” “I will always remember my time as a student-athlete and coach at UConn. I’m glad this problem is now completely and finally solved.

The NCAA looked into Ollie’s alleged violations and gave the school two years of probation and Ollie three years of “show cause.”

Ollie coached his alma mater to a national championship in 2014. He and his team kept fighting for what they called an unfair firing until an arbitrator sided with them earlier this year.

Ollie’s lawyers called the January ruling a “vindication” for Ollie, who was accused of lying during the investigation by the Committee on Infractions.

Basketball coach Kevin Ollie

Ollie’s three-year “showcase” is about to end on Thursday. This could make it possible for him to return to college coaching. Craig Thompson, the commissioner of the Mountain West Conference, will step down on December 31. He has been in charge of the league for almost 24 years, making him the FBS commissioner with the most experience.

In a statement, Thompson, who was one of the four people who wrote the original plan to expand the CFP to 12 teams, said that the expansion of the College Football Playoff and making sure the Mountain West could still get in was his last priority. I’m very proud of how hard I’ve worked on this project for the past 25 years, and I’m looking forward to the details being worked out in the coming months. Now that CFP expansion is done and I’ve lived in the Mountain West for almost a third of my life, it’s time for me to step down and let the conference keep moving forward under new leadership.

For $3.9 million

The Mountain West says that Thompson, who is 66 years old, is the only FBS commissioner who has led a multisport conference for more than 30 years. He is on the CFP’s management committee, which is made up of Jack Swarbrick, the athletic director at Notre Dame, and the 10 FBS commissioners. The trio of Thompson, Swarbrick, SEC commissioner Greg Sankey, and former Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby wrote the 12-team proposal that the CFP’s board of managers recently approved for the 2026 season.


In a statement, UNLV President Keith Whitfield, who is also vice-chair of the conference board of directors, said, “Craig has been an important leader for the MWC since its beginning.” His work has made us stronger as we move forward in NCAA College Basketball, where things change quickly.

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