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Kevin Ollie's $5M UConn Buyout Was Non-Starter For Thunder

May 1, 2015 11:02 AM

Kevin Ollie was a candidate for the Oklahoma City Thunder head coaching job, but his buyout was a non-starter for the franchise.

Ollie had negotiated a $5 million buyout from UConn in his contract.

Ollie was considered a strong candidate for the job with his success as a coach at Connecticut and his connection as a former teammate to Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook.

The Thunder instead hired Billy Donovan.

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Report: Kevin Ollie Removes Name From Consideration For Thunder Job

Apr 23, 2015 1:52 PM

Kevin Ollie has removed his name from consideration for the head coaching job of the Oklahoma City Thunder, according to sources.

Ollie has been considered a strong candidate for the job following his success at UConn and relationship with Kevin Durant.

The Thunder are looking for a new head coach following their dismissal of Scott Brooks.

Billy Donovan is also considered a top candidate for the position.

Jon Rothstein/CBS Sports

Tags: Oklahoma City Thunder, Connecticut Huskies, NCAA, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Thunder Considering Kevin Ollie As Replacement For Scott Brooks

Apr 20, 2015 3:16 PM

Kevin Ollie is being "seriously considered" by the Oklahoma City Thunder for their head coaching job.

Scott Brooks has been head coach of the Thunder since the 08-09 season when he replaced P.J. Carlesimo. Adrian Wojnarowski reported that the Thunder are considering making a change from Brooks.

Ollie was a teammate of Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook with the Thunder during his playing career.

Sam Presti has reportedly visited UConn several times recently.

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Tags: Oklahoma City Thunder, Connecticut Huskies, NCAA, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Nic Moore Headlines 2015 American Athletic Conference Awards

Mar 12, 2015 1:15 PM

Nic Moore of SMU has been named the 2015 American Athletic Conference Player of the Year.

Joining Moore on the All-AAC First Team are Ryan Boatright, Will Cummings, Austin Nichols and James Woodard.

Amida Brimah won Defensive Player of the Year, while Daniel Hamilton received Rookie of the Year honors.

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Tags: Nic Moore, Temple Owls, Cincinnati Bearcats, Connecticut Huskies, South Florida Bulls, East Carolina Pirates, Houston Cougars, Memphis Tigers, Tulane Green Wave, Tulsa Golden Hurricane, UCF Knights, American Athletic Conference, NCAA, NCAA Award

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Jalen Adams Commits to Connecticut

Jun 30, 2014 4:26 PM

Jalen Adams has committed to Connecticut as a member of the 2015 class.

The 6-foot-2 guard chose the Huskies over a narrowed list of Louisville and Kansas. He joins fellow guard William Jackson as members of the 2015 recruiting class.

Adams is rated as a four-star prospect by every major scouting service.

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Tags: Connecticut Huskies, High School, High School Recruiting, NCAA, NCAA Recruiting, NCAA Commitment

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Napier Ranks UConn Graduation Ahead Of NCAA Title, Draft Night

Jun 25, 2014 6:58 PM

Shabazz Napier led the Connecticut Huskies to an unlikely NCAA title in April, but he also earned his degree from UConn this spring. Napier will be drafted into the NBA on Thursday.

"I’ll tell you something that’s funny and people may think is weird -- I feel as though me walking across the stage for my graduation was more important than me winning a national championship,” Napier said Wednesday. "That put the icing on the cake for me, to have my degree is something that I always worked to. It’s definitely cool to be here, but I stayed my fourth year just to get my degree."

Napier was a fixture on the Dean’s List during his time in college, majoring in sociology.

"At the end of the day I was always told that basketball can bring you many places, which is true, but you can probably only play competitive basketball until you are 40 or so,” Napier recalled. "My mother always told me that education is always going to stay with you, no matter what happens. God forbid anything happen to you on the basketball court, your education will always stay with you."

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Tags: Shabazz Napier, Connecticut Huskies, NCAA, NBA, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General

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