Winning a national title in your second season as a coach will earn you the right to plenty of money.
And Kevin Ollie is sitting very pretty right now.
The UConn coach of course just won a national title with the Huskies in April. It was his second season on the job, but just his first with postseason eligibility, as his rookie year at the helm was hindered by an NCAA postseason ban dating back to Jim Calhoun's days. It's an incredible achievement, and plenty of people at the college and pro level have taken notice.
And now, thanks to that title and a vacant Los Angeles Lakers gig, Ollie's in the midst of getting a restructured contract, according to multiple media reports. His contract just netted him $1.25 million in the middle of year No. 2 on the job. It's a five-year deal as of now, a contract that went into effect in December of 2012, after Ollie spent a few months as an interim coach.
According to ESPN, "sources said UConn is looking to pay Ollie in the neighborhood of $2.4 million to $2.6 million annually."
Ollie spent 13 seasons as an NBA player and has a tremendous reputation at that level. But he's also a UConn alum and very vested in the school. What's clear: No matter what UConn is able to do to pay Ollie, a team like the Lakers could almost definitely double that offer if they wanted.
Yahoo Sports reported Friday no NBA team has formally reached out to Ollie yet.