UConn's men's basketball program was placed on two years' probation and former coach Kevin Ollie received a three-year sanction for NCAA violations that occurred under his watch.

In a news release, the NCAA said the violations were linked to three circumstances: a video coordinator being counted as a coach, therefore exceeding the permitted number of coaches; unallowed pickup games; and a booster giving extra benefits to student-athletes.

The NCAA said Ollie "violated NCAA head coach responsibility rules when he failed to monitor his staff and did not promote an atmosphere of compliance," according to a Division I Committee on Infractions panel.

UConn fired Ollie in March 2018 after back-to-back sub-.500 seasons, citing cause. The school and Ollie are in arbitration over more than $10 million remaining on his contract that Ollie contends he is entitled to receive. The NCAA's findings could back up UConn's case that he was fired for cause.

UConn self-imposed penalties in January, including the loss of one scholarship for the 2019-20 season, and the NCAA largely accepted the university's actions.

Additionally, UConn must vacate wins in which ineligible players took part in the 2016-17 and 2017-18 seasons. The NCAA also imposed a reduction by one of the number of officials visits recruits can make through 2020. Other punishments include a $5,000 fine.

The Huskies' national title in 2014, won in Ollie's first season, is unaffected.

Ollie was given a three-year "show cause order" by the NCAA, which means that any NCAA institution that wants to hire him must restrict him from athletic-related duties unless it can show the NCAA why Ollie shouldn't be restricted in his work.

UConn officials said it is time to put the NCAA investigation behind them.

"This validates UConn's actions and decision-making in this case from the outset in early 2018 based on our knowledge of NCAA rules and matters of compliance," UConn President Susan Herbst said in a statement. "However, this is a serious matter and nothing about it merits celebration. This is an unfortunate chapter in the history of UConn men's basketball, but it is time to move on."

Ollie's attorney, Jacques Parenteau, released a statement critical of the NCAA ruling.

"We are disappointed with the NCAA Committee on Infractions decision," the statement read, "but not surprised that the Committee acted to support its member institution in the dispute between the University of Connecticut and Kevin Ollie where more than $11 million is at stake."

Last week, UConn decided to rejoin the Big East. The school was one of the founding members of the league in 1979 but moved to the American Athletic Conference for the 2013-14 season.

--Field Level Media

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