Ousted UConn Coach Kevin Ollie filed a complaint in district court Tuesday alleging that the university has discouraged him from filing a racial discrimination lawsuit.
According to the Hartford Courant, Ollie alleges that he faced different treatment from that of former UConn Men’s Basketball Coach Jim Calhoun, despite having committed “comparable recruiting violations”.
Ollie claims following informing the university of his intention to file a complaint, school officials threatened not to move forward with the grievance arbitration process that would decide if Ollie is awarded a payout of his remaining contract of $10 million.
Stephanie Reitz, a University Spokesman for UConn released a statement reading:
“As UConn has stated from the outset, the university terminated Kevin Ollie’s employment due to violations of NCAA rules, pursuant to his employment agreement. Any claim to the contrary is without merit.”
The school launched an internal investigation into NCAA recruitment violations back in January of 2018. Ollie was subsequently fired in March.