The NCAA has announced its decision on former UConn head coach Kevin Ollie, hitting him with a three-year show cause penalty.
According to a release from the NCAA, Ollie “violated NCAA head coach responsibility rules by failing to monitor his staff and promote an atmosphere of compliance.” As part of Ollie’s punishment any school that employs him during the next three years can not allow him to participate in athletic-related duties unless shows cause why the restrictions don’t apply.
The NCAA cited UConn’s violations under Ollie primarily rising from three issues: pickup games exceeding preseason countable athletically related activity limits, a video coordinator counting as a coach and resulting in more than the allowable number of coaches, and a booster providing extra benefits to student-athletes.
Additionally, UConn was hit with two years probation and various recruiting restrictions involving scholarships and visits allowed.
Former UConn men's basketball coach violated NCAA head coach responsibility rules by failing to monitor his staff and promote an atmosphere of compliance. https://t.co/KtQBoU7E64
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A UConn alum, Ollie coached at his alma mater from 2012-18. He led the Huskies to the national championship during the 2013-14 season.
Ollie’s teams also made the NCAA Tournament in 2016 and the NIT in 2015.
He was dismissed by the school “for cause” in March 2018 and subsequently filed a grievance against UConn which is still in arbitration.