Raphael Chillious, who joined the UConn menâ€™s basketball teamâ€™s coaching staff less than a year ago, is now the programâ€™s interim head coach.
Coach Kevin Ollie was fired by the school on Saturday â€śfor causeâ€ť though he is appealing the universityâ€™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 Huskiesâ€™ associate head coach.
UConn is the target of an NCAA investigation, the exact nature of which is unclear. The Huskiesâ€™ 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 schoolâ€™s first since 1987. He was 127-79 in six years as UConnâ€™s head coach.
Among the candidates UConn is likely to pursue as Ollieâ€™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 UConnâ€™s â€śSenior Nightâ€ť festivities and said before the Huskiesâ€™ finale that this would be his final season in Storrs.
â€śAfter 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,â€ť Larrier wrote. â€śI 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.â€ť
Larrier is not listed on any major draft boards that predict the choices in this Juneâ€™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.