The University of Connecticut and former men’s basketball coach Kevin Ollie have reached a $3.9 million settlement for alleged reputational damage and attorneys’ fees to end the protracted legal battle that has raged between them since he was fired for allegedly violating the NCAA -rules in 2018.
The settlement effectively ends a potential federal racial discrimination lawsuit that Ollie was considering against the university.
Ollie, a former UConn point guard who led the Huskies to a 127-79 record and the 2014 national championship in six seasons as head coach, was fired after losing two seasons.
After he was fired, Ollie sued the school after they refused to pay him the remaining money on his multi-million dollar contract. The school cited the alleged violations in their decision to fire Ollie with cause and without compensation.
In January, an arbiter ruled that UConn had “illegally fired” Ollie and he was awarded $11.1 million.
According to a joint statement between Ollie and the school on Thursday, the $3.9 million settlement resolved “all outstanding matters related to his previous employment at the University of Connecticut and to avoid further costly and lengthy litigation.”
“I am grateful that we were able to reach [an] Agreement,” Ollie said in the statement. “My time at UConn as a student athlete and coach is something I will always cherish. I am pleased that this matter is now fully and finally resolved.”
The NCAA’s investigation into Ollie’s alleged violations resulted in a two-year suspended sentence for the school and a three-year show-cause sentence for Ollie.
Ollie, who coached his alma mater to a national championship in 2014, continued to fight for what he and his team called an improper dismissal before a referee ruled in their favor earlier this year.
Ollie’s legal team called the January verdict a “vindication” for Ollie, who had been charged by the Infringement Committee with fraudulent activity in the investigation.
Thursday’s settlement comes as Ollie’s three-year show cause expires, which could open the door for him to return to college coaching.
https://www.espn.com/mens-college-basketball/story/_/id/34597769/uconn-settles-former-men-basketball-coach-kevin-ollie-39-million UConn settles with former men’s basketball coach Kevin Ollie for $3.9 million