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‘Finally resolved’: UConn settles with ex-basketball coach Ollie for additional $4 million

The University of Connecticut has agreed to pay former men's basketball coach Kevin Ollie $3.9 million for damage to his reputation and for his attorney's fees. Ollie sued his former employer after he was fired in March 2018 over alleged recruiting violations and a losing season.

UConn said in a statement issued Thursday that the settlement would avoid “costly and protracted litigation.”

The school has already paid Ollie $11 million. Back in January, an arbitrator ruled that the university needed to pay off that amount, which was remaining on his contract when he was let go, because his firing violated a union agreement.

Ollie said he was pleased the matter is now fully resolved.

“I am grateful that we were able to reach agreement,” Ollie said in a joint statement with the university. “My time at UConn as a student-athlete and coach is something I will always cherish.”

Matt Dwyer is an editor, reporter and midday host for Connecticut Public's news department. He produces local news during All Things Considered.

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