Connecticut coach Kevin Ollie has reportedly removed his name from consideration for the Oklahoma City Thunder head coaching position
The Thunder fired coach Scott Brooks on Wednesday. Ollie, 42, had been mentioned as a candidate. He said Wednesday he would not pursue the Oklahoma City job, but reports indicated he remained interested.
On Thursday morning, Ollie posted on Instagram a picture of a Bible with a caption including the hashtag UConnLuv.
In three seasons as UConn head coach, Ollie has a 72-33 record. He led seventh-seeded UConn to a national championship in 2014. Last season, the Huskies finished 20-15 and lost in the first round of the NIT.
Ollie played 13 seasons in the NBA, primarily as a back-up point guard. He spent his final professional season (2009-10) in Oklahoma City, where he earned rave reviews from teammates, including forward Kevin Durant, who said last year that Ollie "changed the whole culture in Oklahoma City."
Florida coach Billy Donovan has also been rumored as a candidate for Thunder coach.
- Alex Putterman