FILE - In this March 16, 2016, file photo, Connecticut coach Kevin Ollie passes the ball during practice for the team's first-round game in the NCAA men's college basketball tournament in Des Moines, Iowa. Former UConn basketball coach Ollie has brought his $10 million dispute with the school over his firing to both state and federal court. Lawyers for Ollie and the university were to give oral arguments Friday, Jan. 25, in U.S. District Court in Bridgeport on a motion that would allow Ollie to move forward with a racial discrimination complaint against the school without jeopardizing his right to an arbitration hearing with UConn over his firing last year. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)

Ex-UConn coach Ollie takes dispute to state, federal court

January 24, 2019 - 11:21 pm

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Former UConn basketball coach Kevin Ollie has brought his $10 million dispute with the school over his firing to both state and federal court.

A hearing is scheduled Friday in U.S. District Court in Bridgeport, Connecticut, on a motion that would allow Ollie to move forward with a racial discrimination complaint against the school without jeopardizing his right to an arbitration hearing over his firing last year.

UConn has refused to waive a clause in its contract with Ollie's union that could void arbitration if Ollie seeks to address the issue in another forum, including court.

Ollie's lawyer, Jaques Parenteau, also filed motion Thursday in state Superior Court seeking an order that would allow him to depose out-of-state witnesses in the arbitration case, something that could extend that process by months, barring a settlement.

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