Notes/Quotes from Dec. 16: Ollie talks Catholic Seven

After addressing the tragedy that occurred in Newtown this past Friday, UConn coach Kevin Ollie gave his take on the crumbling Big East.

Some highlights from the rookie coach:

*Ollie on Catholic Seven breaking away: “I don’t a feeling towards it – I hate to see them go, but they made a pact for themselves that we’re going forward and we’re trying to do what’s best for our university. You can’t blame them. We will miss them, but we have to figure out what we’re going to do. And I think we’re going to do that soon. I know we’re working very, very hard and our president and AD will get us in the best situation.”

*Ollie on his coaching situation: “I’m going to be here for a lifetime, seven months, seven years, 27 years — I’m going to be here. And that’s what I’m telling (recruits). I’m going to go forward and that’s the only thing say because that’s what I believe. Until someone comes in my office and says, the keys don’t work, I’m going to be in my office. If I find that out, I’m going to find the next chapter in my life, but I wholeheartedly believe I’m going to have many chapters written here at the University of Connecticut as head coach. I believe that. It’s not all up to me, but it is up to me to have our recruits ready to play and believing that.”

*Ollie on final exam week: “I think the guys did very very well on their final exams. Hopefully get a good report back from (academic counselor) Felicia (Crump) so we’ll have something positive to give to (athletic director) Warde (Manuel). There’s not a lot of positive things going on around here, so that will be good to put a smile on his face with that one.”