What They’re Saying: Kevin Ollie’s contract extension

A few quotes about Kevin Ollie’s five-year contract extension:

Kevin Ollie (AP)

*Kevin Ollie: “My legs were shaking and everything. It was like the first game I stepped in the XL Center. My legs were shaking because I was excited. I was excited for the moment. I just thought it could never happen for a guy out of South Central Los Angeles — to be here at UConn and be the head basketball coach, but I’m an unrealistic thinker, just like coach Calhoun. That’s what thing I learned from him — he’s unrealistic to come in here and believe in Storrs and make this a powerhouse, that’s unrealistic thinking. And that’s how I think. I’m never going to settle for mediocrity. I’m never going to let my team settle for mediocrity.”

*Shabazz Napier: “I think he’s been doing a spectacular job on the court and also off the court…He and the coaches are the reason why we’re 10-2.”

*Jim Calhoun: “With the new leadership of Susan Herbst and Warde Manuel and now with Kevin as the head basketball coach for the forseeable future, I feel very good about the future of the men’s basketball program at UConn. I know Kevin will do a great job, as he already has, and I am looking forward to more success for the Huskies in years to come.

*Geno Auriemma: “I am absolutely thrilled for Kevin and for UConn. Kevin stepped into a tough situation and has done a great job in all facets. The UConn men’s basketball program is in great hands with Kevin Ollie and I look forward to working with him for years to come.”

*Dick Vitale: “Kevin absolutely rolled up his sleeves and earned the opportunity to coach his alma mater. He is the perfect hire. His passion and love for the game will be contagious to his players.”