UConn names Chillious interim head coach for men's basketball program

Published on Tuesday, 13 March 2018 17:13
Written by NEILL OSTROUT

JOURNAL INQUIRER

Raphael Chillious, who joined the UConn men’s basketball team’s coaching staff less than a year ago, is now the program’s interim head coach.

Coach Kevin Ollie was fired by the school on Saturday “for cause” though he is appealing the university’s claim that it has cause to do so. He is on paid leave, awaiting a hearing with athletic director David Benedict that will take place within the next 12 days.

Ollie is a member of the American Association of University Professors, a union that represents many members of faculty and staff at UConn, and is therefore afforded certain rights in regards to his termination.

Chillious, 46, a former assistant coach at Washington and Villanova, is taking over the day-to-day operations of the program.

Chillious, who was also the head coach at South Kent School in western Connecticut from 2003-08, replaced Glen Miller, who was fired at the end of the 2016-17 season as the Huskies’ associate head coach.

UConn is the target of an NCAA investigation, the exact nature of which is unclear. The Huskies’ recruiting practices are being looked at and several recruits have been interviewed, sources have said.

Ollie, who coached the Huskies to the 2014 national championship, had three years left on a contract that was set to pay him more than $10 million.

Ollie was fired after two consecutive losing seasons, the school’s first since 1987. He was 127-79 in six years as UConn’s head coach.

Among the candidates UConn is likely to pursue as Ollie’s replacement is Rhode Island coach Danny Hurley, whose Rams are about to participate in the NCAA Tournament.

Larrier makes it official

Terry Larrier, who had already said his good-byes to UConn fans, made his departure from college official Monday.

The 6-foot-8 forward, who is slated to graduate this spring from UConn but who had a year of eligibility remaining, announced via social media that he was entering the NBA Draft. He participated in UConn’s “Senior Night” festivities and said before the Huskies’ finale that this would be his final season in Storrs.

“After talking it over with my family and those close to me I have decided to forego (sic) my senior season and enter the NBA Draft,” Larrier wrote. “I want to thank the University of Connecticut, Coach Ollie and the fans of #UConnNation for all of the support these last three years. I will be forever grateful for everything they have done for me during my time in Storrs. I am excited to get to work and begin this next chapter of my basketball career.”

Larrier is not listed on any major draft boards that predict the choices in this June’s draft.

Larrier averaged 13.9 points and 4.8 rebounds this season for the Huskies. Now 22-years-old, Larrier transferred to UConn after starting his college career at Virginia Commonwealth.



Posted in Newington Town Crier, UConn on Tuesday, 13 March 2018 17:13. Updated: Tuesday, 13 March 2018 17:15.