The University of Connecticut has fired head coach Kevin Ollie for "just cause," the school announced on Saturday.
"The University of Connecticut has initiated disciplinary procedures to terminate the employment of Head Men's Basketball Coach Kevin Ollie for just cause," the school said in its official statement. "The University will have no further comment on the matter until the completion of both the University's disciplinary process and the ongoing NCAA investigation."
By UConn stating they are "intiating disciplinary procedure to terminate" Ollie, they don't have to pay him his $10 million remaining on his contract.
Athletic director, David Benedict, said it was hard to make this decision, but it was one that was necessary.
Ollie, who led UConn to a 2014 National Championship victory, just wrapped up another disappointing season as the Huskies finished with a 14-18 record that ended with a first-round AAC Tournament loss to SMU.
The 45-year-old coach gave a statement to ESPN, saying he is going to fight this decision.
"The University of Connecticut, which has been my home and my family since I was 18 years of age, has decided to initiate the procedures to terminate my employment for cause, which I am contesting," Ollie said in the statement. "As the head coach of the University of Connecticut Huskies, which is one of the greatest honors and privileges of my life, I have always diligently promoted an atmosphere of compliance for all involved in the program, directly or indirectly. … I am confident that I have strived to model behaviors which are consistent with this objective. This process has just begun, and I intend to work vigorously to defend my honor and my integrity, and to defend my good name to the fullest extent provided under the law, the university grievance procedures and the NCAA compliance process."
Over six seasons with UConn, Ollie went 127-79. The Huskies will miss the NCAA Tournament for the second consecutive season.
"The men's basketball program has a proud history and a tradition of excellence," said Susan Herbst, University of Connecticut President. "Our goal, above all, is to ensure we have a program that UConn Nation can be proud of, including our students, alumni, fans, and all our committed supporters."
Ollie succeeded UConn legend Jim Calhoun in 2012.
"It is unfortunate that this decision became necessary," said David Benedict, Director of Athletics, told Hartford Courant's Dom Amore. "As with all of our programs, we hold men's basketball to the highest standards. We will begin a national search immediately to identify our next head coach."