Connecticut coach Kevin Ollie reaffirmed his belief that he'll be back next season as coach of the Huskies despite the program coming off its worst season since 1986.
Following an 80-73 first-round loss to SMU in the American Athletic Conference men's basketball tournament at the Amway Center on Thursday, Ollie was asked if he believes he'll be back to coach the program in 2019.
"Yes," Ollie said emphatically.
The loss to the Mustangs dropped UConn to 14-18. It was the second straight losing season under Ollie, who wrapped up his sixth year in charge of the program.
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Speculation has grown lately that this could be the final season for Ollie, who has four years left on his current contract which runs through 2021.
"I want to assess everything I'm doing as a coach and see how I can get better," Ollie said when asked if there was anything he would do differently this season. "We don't want to be 14-18. That's unacceptable. We have to get better in every category."