UConn basketball staff boycotts travel to Indiana for Final Four
University of Connecticut men's basketball coach Kevin Ollie and the rest of his coaching staff will not travel to Indianapolis for the Final Four on Apr. 4, the school announced in a statement from university president Susan Herbst that was sourced by the Hartford Courant.
"UConn is a community that values all of our members and treats each person with the same degree of respect, regardless of their background and beliefs and we will not tolerate any other behavior," Herbst wrote.
The move will be made out of support for Governor Dannel Malloy's executive order Monday barring state-funded travel to Indiana in the wake of the state's passage of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act last week.
While it improbably won the 2014 NCAA tournament, Connecticut did not make this year's championship. It is customary for coaches and staffs at all levels of collegiate basketball to attend the Final Four and the festivities surrounding it.
On Tuesday, the Mid-American Conference announced it would not hold any future championships or conference meetings in the state of Indiana until the law had been amended.
USC athletic director Pat Haden, who is the father of a gay son, announced Tuesday he would forego the College Football Playoff Committee's upcoming meeting in Indiana. He is a member of the CFP committee.
- Will Green