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UConn Men's Basketball Kevin Ollie Charges UConn With Violating His Right To Due Process

UConn Men's Basketball Kevin Ollie Charges UConn With Violating His Right To Due Process
Published On: Thu, Apr 19
Feb 22, 2015; Storrs, CT, USA; Connecticut Huskies head coach Kevin Ollie watches from the sideline against the Tulane Green Wave in the second half at Harry A. Gampel Pavilion. UConn defeated Tulane Green Wave 67-60. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports


Kevin Ollies contract dispute with UConn, not surprisingly, is getting messier.

Ollies lawyers have sent UConn President Susan Herbst a letter accusing the school of violating his constitutional rights by firing him for just cause before giving him an opportunity to contest the decision. The letter, dated April 3 from the New London-based firm of Madsen, Prestley & Parenteau, reads, in part:

From our review of the facts and circumstances relating to Coach Ollie's employment status, it is apparent that the University of Connecticut has already violated his rights under the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution by subverting Coach Ollie's opportunity to respond to charges and evidence in a meaningful way in advance of the decision to terminate his employment. The public record, action taken, and authorized communications by representatives of the University of Connecticut, demonstrate that the decision to terminate Coach Ollie has already been made and therefore the University of Connecticut has effectively negated Coach Ollie's property right protected by the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution.

The Courant obtained the five-page letter Wednesday through a Freedom Of Information Act request. The school declined to comment. The university doesnt publicly comment on personnel matters, spokeswoman Stephanie Reitz wrote in an email.

The next step in Ollies appeal process is a hearing with Herbst.

The letter cites the Supreme Courts 1985 decision on Cleveland Board of Education v. Loudermill as establishing the right to prior notice and the right to be heard in advance of the deprivation of property rights.

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