Connecticut's Kevin Ollie Genius to Say 'No' to NBA, Get Big Raise

By Connor Muldowney
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In just two shorts seasons as the head coach of the Connecticut Huskies, Kevin Ollie has proven quite a bit. No, he’s not just a fill-in for the time being because the Huskies are still looking to replace legendary coach Jim Calhoun, Ollie is here to stay — for a long time it seems, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports.

Prior to this news, many thought that the head coach would make a jump to the NBA because of ties with current and former players and the fact that he’s young and relates to the guys still in the league. He has proven a lot in just two seasons with the Huskies — enough to draw serious NBA interest, including links to the Los Angeles Lakers‘ job.

Reports had also come out not too long ago that Ollie would like to be paid more than Steve Kerr just got paid by the Golden State Warriors if he were to make the jump.

Ollie made the perfect move and got a big raise for saying ‘no’ to the NBA. Ollie’s salary right now is about $1.3 million and this would more than double that if will be signing the $3 million annual extension.

Despite the fact that he could relate to NBA athletes today and possibly make a solid coach at the next level, college is the place for him.

He is 52-18, including a national title, in two season with Connecticut and he still hasn’t reached his full potential as head coach. This move could make him one of the higher paid NBA coaches when he does ultimately decide to come to the next level. His current contract has him at Connecticut until 2018.

Great move by Ollie.

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