HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — UConn President Susan Herbst says in a letter upholding the firing of Kevin Ollie that the former men’s basketball coach had a pattern of breaking NCAA rules and committed serious violations.
The school released the June 19 letter Monday to Ollie in response to open records requests from The Associated Press and other news organizations.
Ollie has asserted that the violations which led to his firing were minimal and isolated. Herbst refutes that idea in the letter, calling them “serious under any definition which may be applied.”
She also says Ollie’s failure to report any inadvertent violations constitutes either a knowing disregard for his compliance obligations or a “gross inability to satisfy them.”
Ollie was fired in March amid an NCAA investigation after leading UConn to a 127-79 record over six seasons, including the 2014 national title.
His attorney did not immediately reply Monday to a request seeking comment.