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UConn Basketball Coaching Staff Gets Restructuring, George Blaney Demoted

Times are a changin'.

The UConn men's basketball team announced the realignment of its coaching staff under new head coach Kevin Ollie.

According to a press release issued by the University of Connecticut, Associate Head Coach George Blaney, who has served in the role for the past five seasons, will be dropped to assistant coach for the upcoming season. Assistant Coach Glen Miller, a nine-year veteran of the program who moved to assistant coach in 2010, will become the new associate head coach.

Karl Hobbs, who was an assistant coach on the team that won the 1999 national championship, will be promoted from director of basketball operations, the position he took upon his return to the program, to assistant coach. Kevin Freeman, who was named the assistant director of basketball operations last season, will be promoted to director of basketball operations beginning this season.

UConn is moving into a new era of men's basketball with the retirement of Jim Calhoun, the head coach who built the program from a middle of the run Yankee Conference nobody in the middle of farmland into one of the powerhouses of college basketball. Ollie was named as Calhoun's successor last month after two years as an assistant coach under the Hall of Famer and three-time national champion.

The Huskies are also preparing for a season that will end with their final Big East regular season game no matter what as the program is banned from both the Big East Tournament and the NCAA Tournament due to academic violations stemming from retroactive rules applied by the NCAA last year.

The program is also coping with the loss of several players. Jeremy Lamb and Andre Drummond took their talents to the NBA. Alex Oriakhi transferred to Missouri in order to have one last chance at the NCAA Tournament before entering into the NBA Draft after his senior season. Roscoe Smith transferred to UNLV because of the violations and an apparent decreased role on the Huskies (his waiver to play this season was denied by the NCAA). Michael Bradley, who was kept out his first two years due to injuries, transferred to Western Kentucky to be near his ailing grandmother. But the NCAA also denied his waiver request and he has decided to play this season at Vincennes University, a junior college in Indiana.

UConn's regular season begins on Nov. 9 at Ramstein Air Base in Germany against Michigan State.