Former UConn menâ€™s basketball coach Kevin Ollieâ€™s appeal of the reasons for his firing by the school has been delayed.
Ollieâ€™s hearing with UConn Athletic Director David Benedict was originally supposed to occur within two weeks of his March 10 firing, but the American Association of University Professors has asked for a 15-day extension, the Hartford Courant reported Monday.
Ollie was fired by UConn for â€śjust cause,â€ť a phrase that the university insists absolves it of paying the some $10 million that was left on Ollieâ€™s contract at the time of his dismissal.
The coach appealed that decision, which UConn indicated was based on the ongoing NCAA investigation into its menâ€™s basketball program.
The delay could mean that the sides are negotiating a settlement that could see Ollie given a settlement somewhere between the zero UConn initially offered and the full amount remaining on his deal.
If Ollieâ€™s official hearing with Benedict does not lead to an agreement, Ollie is then entitled to an appeal before UConn President Susan Herbst. Should that, too, result in no changes, the two sides would then likely go to binding arbitration.
Dan Hurley was hired last week to replace Ollie.