November 9th, 2018 | by CollegeAD

Seven years ago, a major college basketball coach whose program was the target of an NCAA investigation signed a five-year, $13 million contract. That investigation led to a three-game suspension for the coach, who was cited for failing to create an atmosphere of compliance, and three years of probation for the program. Two years ago, a major college coach had his contract extended through 2021. Within a year of that extension, the program was the target of an NCAA investigation and the school fired the coach with just cause based on the allegations. The first coach, three-time NCAA champion Jim Calhoun, the second coach, Kevin Ollie, was fired in March. The allegations include allegedly arranging a phone call between a recruit and UConn alum Ray Allen, providing impermissible meals for recruits during unofficial visits, shooting baskets with a recruit and failing to monitor a trainer who was working out athletes in Georgia and Connecticut. Those allegations fall in line with what happened at UConn under Calhoun: A former team manager helped steer a recruit to the school by giving him lodging, meals, and representation. But the allegations against Ollie were taken a step further, a Level I offense, with the assertion that Ollie provided false or misleading information to investigators about knowledge of the call between Allen and the recruit. When Connecticut fired football coach Bob Diaco after three straight losing seasons, he walked away with a severance of $3.4 million. The school caught a lot of heat from politicians and the public. The move to avoid paying Ollie more than $11.4 million that’s owed him appears an attempt to avoid public outrage. Two coaches. One school. Different treatments. Some family. -Jerry Bembry, The Undefeated, Read More

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