Ol­lie has week to re­spond to UConn hear­ing in writ­ing

The Register Citizen (Torrington, CT) - - FRONT PAGE - By David Borges and Jeff Ja­cobs david.borges@ hearst­medi­act.com

UConn men’s bas­ket­ball coach Kevin Ol­lie had his hear­ing with the school on April 12 to chal­lenge the de­ci­sion to fire him for just cause, sources con­firmed Mon­day.

In­for­ma­tion that led to Ol­lie’s March 10 ter­mi­na­tion al­ready had been com­mu­ni­cated to him, ac­cord­ing to a source, and the ev­i­dence was laid out at the hear­ing. Ol­lie’s rep­re­sen­ta­tives, which in­clude the school’s union, at­tended the hear­ing and now have a week to re­spond in writ­ing.

Ol­lie’s re­quest is not nec­es­sar­ily seen as typ­i­cal of the process. The hear­ing is seen as the op­por­tu­nity for the in­di­vid­ual re­quest­ing the meet­ing, in this case Ol­lie, to pro­vide di­rect feed­back why the in­for­ma­tion used to start the ter­mi­na­tion process was flawed or in­ac­cu­rate.

In­stead, Ol­lie’s side will take time to give a writ­ten re­sponse and based on the in­for­ma­tion pro­vided, ath­letic di­rec­tor David Bene­dict, as the school’s hear­ing of­fi­cial, will sub­mit his re­sponse whether he will up­hold the de­ci­sion or change it.

If Bene­dict up­holds the de­ci­sion to ter­mi­nate, Ol­lie has the op­por­tu­nity to ap­peal to UConn pres­i­dent Su­san Herbst. If Herbst up­holds Bene­dict’s de­ci­sion, the case can be taken to ar­bi­tra­tion.

If UConn ul­ti­mately is suc­cess­ful in prov­ing just cause for vi­o­lat­ing the terms of his con­tract, the school would not have to pay any of the more than $10 mil­lion owed to Ol­lie on a con­tract that ex­pires in 2021.

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