Connecticut has given men’s basketball coach Kevin Ollie a new contract that runs through the end of the 2017-18 season. The deal, signed Saturday, is worth just under $7 million and begins Jan. 1. When Ollie was hired in September, he was signed for just one season. “As I said in my first press conference, I want to be here a lifetime and this is a step, hopefully a great step, in the program moving forward,” Ollie said. Ollie, who turned 40 on Thursday, was hired after Hall of Fame coach Jim Calhoun retired. His original deal had a pro-rated value of just over $465,000, the school said. Ollie has led UConn to a 9-2 record after Saturday’s 61-53 win over the Washington Huskies in Hartford, Conn.
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