NCAA penalizes UConn men’s basketball, ex-coach Ollie

UConn’s men’s basketball program was placed on two years’ probation and former coach Kevin Ollie received a three-year sanction for NCAA violations that occurred under his watch.In a news release, the NCAA said the violations were linked to three circumstances: a video coordinator being counted as a coach, therefore exceeding the permitted number of coaches; unallowed pickup games; and a booster giving extra benefits to student-athletes.The NCAA said Ollie “violated NCAA head coach responsibility rules when he failed to monitor his staff and did not promote an atmosphere of compliance,” according to a Division I Committee on Infractions panel.UConn fired Ollie in March 2018 after back-to-back sub-.500 seasons, citing cause. The school and Ollie are in arbitration over more than $10 million remaining on his contract that Ollie contends he is entitled to receive. The NCAA’s findings could back up UConn’s case that he was fired for cause.UConn self-imposed penalties in January, including the loss of one scholarship for the 2019-20 season, and the NCAA largely accepted the university’s actions.Additionally, UConn must vacate wins in which ineligible players took part in the 2016-17 and 2017-18 seasons. The NCAA also imposed a reduction by one of the number of officials visits recruits can make through 2020. Other punishments include a $5,000 fine.The Huskies’ national title in 2014, won in Ollie’s first season, is unaffected.Ollie was given a three-year “show cause order” by the NCAA, which means that any NCAA institution that wants to hire him must restrict him from athletic-related duties unless it can show the NCAA why Ollie shouldn’t be restricted in his work.

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