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Major Program Fires Head Coach Amid NCAA Investigation

Kevin Ollie passing the basketball during a practice.

ARLINGTON, TX - APRIL 04: Head coach Kevin Ollie of the Connecticut Huskies passes the ball on the court during practice ahead of the 2014 NCAA Men's Final Four at AT&T Stadium on April 4, 2014 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Kevin Ollie, after winning a national title in his second year at his alma mater, has been fired for cause. According to a release put out by the school, UConn has fired Ollie due to the cloud hanging over the Huskies program.

The UConn program has been under NCAA investigation recently. According to a recent report from the Hartford Courant, the NCAA is investigating UConn for recruiting violations involving three players.

From the Hartford Courant:

“Sources told The Courant the NCAA has already conducted roughly 100 hours of interviews with individuals potentially involved. Those interviews have picked up in pace over the last week or so, and the inquiry includes the recruitment of at least three players, though not necessarily players who eventually came to UConn. The NCAA, which has not responded to a request for comment, compels interviewees not to comment.”

Here's the statement from school officials, via Andy Katz.

It's been a tough road for UConn since the team's unexpected national title in 2014. The Huskies entered the tournament as a seven seed and took down giants like Villanova, Michigan State, and Florida. Shabazz Napier was a superstar all tournament, and led the team to a victory over Kentucky in the national championship.

Things have turned sour since then for Ollie and the Huskies. The team has made just one NCAA Tournament since. The Huskies bowed out of the 2016 edition of the Big Dance in the second round.

Overall, he is 127-79. However, the Huskies finished under .500 for the first time since 1987 last year, going 16-17 and followed that up with a 14-18 season this year.