UConn Asks Federal Court to Dismiss Ollie Complaint

Attorneys on both sides of Kevin Ollie's lawsuit against UConn were in federal court in Bridgeport on Friday.

Ollie's lawyers asked the judge for more time to prepare the former basketball coach's equal employment complaint.

UConn fired Ollie in March, citing NCAA violations, allowing the school to forgo paying him $10 million left on his contract.

Ollie argues he was treated differently from former coach Jim Calhoun, who wasn't fired after being penalized for recruiting violations. Ollie also says that the university has illegally tried to deter him from filing a racial discrimination complaint.

The judge denied the request to extend the Jan. 4 deadline for lawyers to prepare the equal employment complaint.

On Thursday, UConn filed documents asking the judge to dismiss the complaint.

The school argues, among other things, that the federal court doesn't have jurisdiction and that Ollie doesn't make a specific claim under federal law. It also says the former coach never notified the school he planned to bring the complaint.

Ollie's lawyers have until Jan. 14 to respond to the university's motion to dismiss.  The judge will hear arguments on the motion on Jan. 25.

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