Arlington, Texas • It's not that Kevin Ollie looked uncomfortable sitting on a stool in front of the Connecticut bench. It's just that he looked a lot more comfortable in a defensive stance exhorting the Huskies in the national championship game.
That's how he spent the majority of the biggest game of his short college coaching career Monday night, a 60-54 victory over Kentucky. Right on the sideline. In some plays he looked like a sixth Connecticut defender.
He was wearing a suit with a tie. When he was a standout defender in college, he wore a UConn uniform from 1991 to 1995. Then it was off to the NBA for a long career before he returned to UConn for two years as an assistant. Jim Calhoun hand-picked him as his successor.