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Former UConn coach Kevin Ollie sues former assistant

TUCSON, AZ - DECEMBER 21: Head coach Kevin Ollie of the Connecticut Huskies reacts during the first half of the college basketball game against the Arizona Wildcats at McKale Center on December 21, 2017 in Tucson, Arizona. The Wildcats defeated the Huskies 73-58. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

HARTFORD  — Former UConn basketball coach Kevin Ollie has filed a lawsuit against former assistant Glenn Miller, contending Miller slandered him in comments to the NCAA.

Miller told the governing body he had learned about an alleged $30,000 payment Ollie made to the mother of a recruit while at UConn. Ollie is joined in the suit by Stephanie Garrett, mother of former UConn player Shonn Miller, the recruit in question.

The university fired Ollie after a 14-18 season in 2017-18 amid allegations of recruiting violations.

The NCAA notified UConn that it found numerous violations, but the payment mentioned by Miller was not among them.

Ollie’s lawsuit, filed Monday in Connecticut Superior Court, says that accusation was false and damaged his reputation. It allegedly was part of a vendetta against Ollie, who had fired Miller. It seeks unspecified monetary damages.

A message seeking comment was left Tuesday for Miller. He is now an associate director of men’s basketball at Division III University of Saint Joseph in Connecticut, where former UConn coach Jim Calhoun is the coach.

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