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Connecticut reportedly signs coach Kevin Ollie to multi-year extension

Dec 29, 2012, 3:10 PM EDT

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Connecticut has signed head coach Kevin Ollie to a five-year extension after he guided the Huskies to a 9-2 record to begin the 2012-13 season, Andy Katz of ESPN.com is reporting.

Ollie took over as the head of the Connecticut program after longtime coach Jim Calhoun retired in September and he was granted a seven-month deal at the time. An official announcement from the school is scheduled for 5 p.m. ET.

Prior to taking over as the head coach, Ollie had long-standing roots with the university. He played for the Huskies from 1991-95 and graduated from the school before going undrafted in the 1995 NBA Draft. He would later play in the NBA for more than a decade.

Ollie then joined the UConn staff as an assistant in 2010 and was the heavy favorite to become Calhoun’s successor when he retired.

Connecticut guard Shabazz Napier told NBCSports.com at Big East media day that players on the team were motivated in part to help Ollie earn a long-term deal.

Ollie has helped the Huskies to a strong start, despite no possibility of postseason play. Connecticut is barred from the Big East tournament and the NCAA tournament due to an NCAA ban that stems from a low APR score.

“I don’t see obstacles, I see opportunity,” Ollie said at Big East media day. “It’s always been tough. I don’t see it like a lot of other people see it.

“Whether it’s seven months, seven years, or 27 years [at Connecticut], I’m going to take it one day at a time and I’m not going to take it for granted.”

Daniel Martin is a writer and editor at JohnnyJungle.com, covering St. John’s. You can find him on Twitter:@DanielJMartin_

  1. florida727 - Dec 29, 2012 at 3:35 PM

    I’m not a UConn fan at all, but I’m applauding this guy for what he did for the Newtown, CT, families recently… taking his team there to try to give comfort to the victims. And he did it the right way, without a lot of media fanfare. Strictly a “we know we’re important to the people of the state of CT, so we want to do whatever little we can to help”. I’m glad he got a multi-year deal. I don’t know anything about him other than what I’ve read on the Internet, but he comes across to me as a true class act. I’m genuinely happy for him and the UConn sports family. Great move by the school’s administration. Have a great season, Coach.

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