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May 14, 2014 Updates

Kevin Ollie is still the coach at UConn and Wednesday he reaffirmed that he does not expect that to change. "I love this university," Ollie said at the New York Athletic Club, where he was to receive the Winged Foot Award Wednesday night. "I'm not looking for another job. Of course, you listen to different things — I got two ears so I'm going to listen — but I'm not going out there soliciting any other job. I want to be here at the University of Connecticut." Hartford Courant

Since leading the Huskies to the championship April 7, Ollie has been mentioned as a candidate for several NBA teams, most often the Lakers. But Ollie, who has four years left on his UConn contract, remains in talks for a new deal with the school. "It's progressing," he said. "We're talking and hopefully we can get together once all this quiets down and me and [AD Warde Manuel] can have a nice talk and hopefully get everything situated." Hartford Courant

Yes, John Calipari said, he would love to coach LeBron James someday. But now is not the time. "Are you kidding me? Have a chance to coach the best player in the world? Yes, I would love to coach him", the University of Kentucky coach said in a telephone interview on Wednesday morning. "But what's happened is our careers are criss-crossing without crossing." Cleveland Plain Dealer

"I'm not in a position where I would leave Kentucky right now. I'm not sure whether this is his last contract, or his next-to-last contract. But I would tell you if I had a chance to, I would absolutely." Whenever the Cavaliers are looking for a coach, Calipari's name comes up as a possible lure to bring James back if he opts out of his contract in Miami this summer. The two are close friends. Cleveland Plain Dealer

"You'd have a chance to say, 'I coached here, I coached here and I coached Derrick Rose and I coached LeBron James,'' said Calipari, whose name has been linked to other NBA openings as well. "Are you kidding me? To know he's all about championship. He's all about family. He will defer. He will give up money. He'll do whatever he has to. Yes, I would love to coach him. But early in his career I said maybe that would happen happen some day, but as we both get older it doesn't appear that it will happen. But he and I have never discussed it." Cleveland Plain Dealer

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