Kevin Ollie’s pursuit of a $10 million sum he believes he’s owed, the former men’s basketball coach intends to “assert claims against the University of Connecticut” for defamation and invasion of privacy after the school released transcripts related to an NCAA investigation, per a letter obtained by ESPN.
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In the letter, which was sent to UConn President Susan Herbst on Tuesday, Ollie’s legal team demands a retraction from the school, which recently released NCAA transcripts to media outlets in response to a Freedom of Information Act request that included a secondhand claim by former associate head coach Glen Miller that Ollie paid the mother of a former recruit $30,000 in exchange for her son’s commitment.
Ollie’s lawyers want a retraction from the school. They claim the NCAA transcripts detailed false claims and confidential information that was protected by FOIA laws because they’re related to an ongoing investigation and personnel matters.
The school challenged Ollie’s claims and his legal team’s interpretation of Freedom of Information Act provisions.
“UConn released the documents in direct response to a Freedom of Information request by Mr. Ollie’s own attorneys,” the school said in a statement to ESPN. “Other parties, including the media, also requested and received these same documents as required by Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) in Connecticut. The FOIA, which governs public agencies such as the University, does not permit the selective release of public records to certain parties while denying those same records to others.”
The alleged payment was not mentioned as a reason for Ollie’s dismissal in the school’s termination letter to Ollie, which was released by the school last week.
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This is a messy divorce. All firings don’t go down that well. The sides are preparing to go to arbitration over Ollie’s claim that he’s still owed the $10 million remaining on his contract. The school says his alleged violations allow them to fire him with cause and without additional payment.