Kevin Ollie has no intention of leaving UConn, but that doesn’t mean he’s not listening to job offers.
The hottest coaching commodity in college basketball said today that he is listening to jobs — Ollie has been linked to the Los Angeles Lakers’ job opening — he hasn’t solicited job offers since the Huskies won the national championship.
“I love this university,” Ollie said at the New York Athletic Club. “I am not looking for another job. Of course, you listen to different things. I got two ears, I’m going to listen, but I’m not running out there soliciting any other job. I want to be here at the University of Connecticut.”
Ollie was at the club on Wednesday with UConn women’s coach Geno Auriemma to pick up Winged Foot Awards for winning national titles.
He said he’s hoping to work out a new contract with athletic director Warde Manuel. His current deal, worth just under $7 million, runs through the end of the 2017-18 season. He made just over $1.6 million, with bonuses for the NCAA tournament run, last season.
“We are talking and hopefully we can get together once all this quiets down,” he said. “Have a nice talk and hopefully get everything situated.”
Ollie has compiled a 52-18 record in his two years as UConn’s head coach.