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Katz: Ollie happy for chance at UConn

STORRS, Conn. -- Kevin Ollie was given a chance to be the head coach at UConn.

That's all he wanted.

That's all he got.

Ollie has one season to show he is worthy of being entrusted with a featured role just like he had to do throughout his college career here in the early to mid-'90s. Ollie was given one year to prove himself by Jim Calhoun each of his four seasons and then each of his first six of 13 seasons in the NBA when he was given one-year contracts.

UConn announced Thursday that Ollie would be named the head coach to replace the retiring Calhoun but the contract goes only until April 4, 2013.

But Ollie and Calhoun have no doubt that Ollie will be the head coach for the foreseeable future.

"Oh yeah, I believe I'm going to be the head coach here for a lifetime, for 15-20 years,'' said Ollie after the news conference at Gampel Pavilion. "I don't know if I'll make it to 70, hopefully I'll make it to 50 and then work on the next 20.''

For Andy Katz's full column, click here.