College Sports

Ollie stays away from NCAA finals this year

A year ago this time, University of Connecticut head basketball coach Kevin Ollie was getting ready to lead the Huskies into the Final Four and the eventual NCAA championship in a 60-54 win over Kentucky.

But Ollie is skipping this year’s Final Four and it isn’t just because UConn didn’t make the NCAA Tournament.

Normally, Ollie, who played his high school basketball at Crenshaw High School, would be in Indianapolis this week because the National Association of Basketball Coaches holds its annual convention during the Final Four.

Bus this week he will miss the coaches’ conference because Connecticut Gov. Daniel Molloy banned all state travel to Indiana in response to Indiana’s controversial Freedom of Religion Restoration Act, which opponents say protects discriminatory practices on the basis of sexual orientation.

Ollie isn’t the only person staying away from Indiana this week.

Closer to home, USC Athletic Director Pat Haden is missing this week’s College Football Playoff selection committee meeting because of the new Indiana law.

“I am the proud father of a gay son,” Haden said on Twitter this week. “In his honor, I will not be attending the CFP committee meeting in Indy this week.”