AP Interview: Manuel says no coach-in-waiting
STORRS, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut Athletic Director Warde Manuel says he has no plans to name Kevin Ollie or anyone else as a coach-in-waiting for the men's basketball program.
Coach Jim Calhoun, who turns 70 this month, is expected to return next season, but has not made his plans public.
In an interview with The Associated Press Monday, Manuel said he is operating under the assumption that Calhoun, who has two years remaining on his contract, will be back.
He would not disclose what he and Calhoun have discussed about the program's future, but says it does not currently include naming a successor while Calhoun is still coaching.
He also said the Hall of Fame coach has earned the right to have a major say in the direction the program goes after he retires.