Well, to the UConn faithful, this doesn't come as a surprise.
UConn will be parting ways with head coach Kevin Ollie for just cause, according to ESPN's Jeff Goodman.
UConn confirms it has initiated disciplinary procedures to terminate the employment of Head Men’s Basketball Coach Kevin Ollie for just cause.— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanESPN) March 10, 2018
The just cause termination is because the program is currently under investigation. University of Rhode Island head coach Dan Hurley is expected to be a possible replacement for Ollie, whose career absolutely cratered after a title-winning start.
Ollie was an assistant on Jim Calhoun's staff from 2010-2012 before taking over as the head coach in 2012 amid academic issues that took place with Calhoun as the head coach.
At first, things went pretty well for Ollie. He took over a program that was banned from posteason play for the 2012-13 season, but led them to a 20-10 record.
UConn terminating Ollie with cause due to the ongoing NCAA investigation. Name that will likely surface at the forefront to replace Ollie is URI’s Dan Hurley.— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanESPN) March 10, 2018
Then, the fun began. In the 2013-14 season, Ollie led UConn on an improbable run. As a seven seed, UConn won the National Championship led by Shabazz Napier. This was the first time a seven seed has ever won the National Championship.
Ollie was then rewarded with a new five-year contract.
But since that Championship, things have spiraled backwards quickly. UConn has only been to the NCAA tournament once since the 2013-14 season. That came in the 2015-16 season. They won their opening round game to Colorado, but then fell in the next round to Kansas.
Amazing to think how quickly Kevin Ollie’s stock has fallen over the last few years. Won a national title in 2014, Huskies have basically been irrelevant since.— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanESPN) March 10, 2018
In the 2016-17 season, UConn finished the year 16-17. Then in the 2017-18 season, things got even worse. UConn finished the year 14-17.
Ollie is a UConn guy, of course, as he played under Jim Calhoun for the Huskies from 1991-95. Nobody wanted him to fail, and Storrs dreaded him getting an NBA opportunity, potentially with the Thunder, following the National Title. But oh, how things can change.
Sure, no one can ever take away his National Championship ring. But their renaissance was brief, and mired in the American Athletic Conference, there's no clear way out.
This probably isn't the end of the downward road for UConn.