UConn's administration had so little faith in the first-time head coach that Ollie's first contract was for seven months. His first season began with a rush to make sure players didn't transfer away from the school, because UConn was banned from postseason play that year because of academic issues.
This year's team showed promise alongside inconsistency, including three losses to teams that didn't make the NCAA tournament and an early March blowout loss to conference rival Louisville by 33 points.
Her face was stained with tears. Her name is Tanesha Boatright, and her son is UConn point guard Ryan Boatright, whose tough, inspired play throughout March earned him a spot on the all-tournament team.
In fact, another reporter turned to me near the beginning of the second half on Monday night, after Kentucky went on one of those Kentucky-like runs. "Well, this is over," he said. I agreed. Kentucky seemed like the team of destiny, UConn an obstacle to the Crowning of Cal.