For Kevin Ollie, Success Is A Matter of Degrees

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Back on Jan. 18, before the Huskies left for Pittsburgh, Kevin Ollie set aside some time from his schedule to sit down with me in his new office, ‘The Big Office” left behind by Jim Calhoun, to talk about his vision for the UConn program for an article I was doing for Hartford Magazine.

The March issue of Hartford Mag is about to hit the streets, and its contents will soon be on line. Meantime, here’s an excerpt, as Ollie defines his goals:

“My biggest dream is that every student-athlete gets their degrees, and is challenged as a basketball player and as a person. And they leave UConn, leave Storrs a better person – and understanding that it was a challenge, but we were trying to push them to be better.

“I’m not worried about wins and losses, because if we have the best attitude team in America, we’re going to win, and they’re going to win in life. So that’s my wildest dream, it’s not about national championships, nothing like that. It’s about the journey to get there. And I think we’re going to have some great rides over these next five years.”

Here is Hartford Mag’s home page. The March contents will be there in the next day or so. … Or pick up a hard copy around the Greater Hartford area. The article includes great photos from our John Woike.

 

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9 thoughts on “For Kevin Ollie, Success Is A Matter of Degrees

  1. J. Shuttlesworth

    Hip Hop Hood: Garrrhhh! Just found out KO’s squad won last night. Basketball is dumb! Calhoun is mean!

    On another note, really looking forward to the article.

  2. Hip Hop Hood

    Just saw that the new TV deal will pay us $1.8 million a year. Doesn’t maintaining the football staff cost 5 times that?

  3. Hip Hop Hood

    BTW – we turned down $1.4 BILLION ESPN to get a new offer that is far less. We showed those people at ESPN who was in charge!!!

    1. J. Shuttlesworth

      Hip Hop Hood: Garrrhhh! Now I’m mad about football! We could have gotten more from ESPN but Calhoun, Ollie and the Nutmeg Illuminati conspired against us!

  4. GLECKO

    LOFTY GOALS BY A CONSUMATE GENTLEMAN.HE LEADS BY EXAMPLE FROM A PLACE OF RESPECT. iF HE CAN KEEP SHABAZZ AND BOAT, AND ADD SOME SERIOUS REBOUNDING AND ONE MORE SHOOTER, NEXT YEAR WILL BE FUN.

    1. Hip Hop Hood

      In other words, get a great recruiting class to replace the mediocre players and lousy class we currently have and we’ll be awesome. I agree!

      1. Paul

        By replacing a lousy, mediocre class do you mean the ones that have beaten 2 top 10 teams in which 1 is in the top 5? Do you mean the players that are right in it for the top spot in the Big East? How about adding to a class that had defectors and is still competing with the best teams in the country!

  5. shoes

    Next year? Whats wrong with this year. Yes the team lives and dies with Bazz but look at this roster to even be at 500 in this league is a major accomplishment. As a husky fan since Al Weston / Corny Thompson era I have gotten more enjoyment from this team than any other than the Kemba run. Did not want KO early on but he has won me over if hes not big east coach of the year and get some votes for national coach of the year something is wrong in the universe.

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