Sources: UConn’s Ollie staying despite OKC job
UConn men’s basketball coach Kevin Ollie has told those close to him on campus that he is staying at the school despite the current vacancy with the Oklahoma City Thunder, sources told ESPN’s Andy Katz on Thursday.
Earlier Thursday, CBSSports.com reported that Ollie had removed himself from consideration for the Thunder’s head-coaching job.
The Thunder on Wednesday fired coach Scott Brooks. ESPN’s Marc Stein reported that Ollie and Florida coach Billy Donovan were prime candidates to replace Brooks.
Before Brooks was fired, Ollie had released a statement earlier Wednesday saying he had “no plans to pursue other opportunities.”
The 42-year-old Ollie, who spent 13 years as an NBA journeyman before returning to his alma mater, has been linked to several NBA job openings since leading the Huskies to the 2014 NCAA championship.
Ollie played his final NBA season (2009-10) with the Thunder and is held in high regard by Kevin Durant.
“Kevin Ollie changed the culture with the Thunder, just like he’s doing now with UConn. He was a big part of what we do, and he still is, because of what he instilled in us. He’s always going to be a brother of mine,” Durant told The Hartford Courant in 2013.
Ollie signed a $ 15 million, five-year contract with UConn in May 2014.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.