If the past few years have taught us anything about the structure of college athletics, it's that we never know what the next seismic shift will be or when it will occur. UConn could be the beneficiary of the next round of realignment. Or they could once again be left out in the major conference cold. The point is that we don't know. No one does.
Which is why the contract that UConn AD Warde Manuel awarded Kevin Ollie is so important. There is so much that is in doubt about where this program will be in two or three or four years, they couldn't afford to allow any speculation about who would be the man tasked with rebuilding the UConn program to continue. Ollie, who had been working on a seven-month contract that was set to expire in early-April, signed a five-year deal on Saturday afternoon, just a couple of hours before UConn was set to take on Washington at the XL Center in Hartford. The deal will pay him more than $7 million.