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VIDEO EXCLUSIVE: Conversation with Jim Calhoun and Kevin Ollie

We had a chance to sit down with Jim Calhoun and Kevin Ollie while they were on the set for a commercial to discuss their relationship and what it means to be part of the UConn basketball family.

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I had the pleasure of speaking with Jim Calhoun and Kevin Ollie a few weeks back while they were shooting a commercial for Dove Men + Care which was recently released and will be showing on digital and social media platforms across the NCAA Tournament as well. The campaign is called "Bonds of Real Strength," which is a very appropriate way to describe Ollie and Calhoun's relationship.

Our conversation focused on that relationship and how Ollie went from being recruited to play at UConn by Jim Calhoun to being his hand-picked successor as head coach.

We touched on a number of topics, including:

  • When Ollie and Calhoun met
  • Who runs tougher practices
  • Why someone from LA wanted to come to Storrs, CT
  • How Calhoun was able to lure Ollie away from NBA front office opportunities
It runs for 19 minutes, which I know is an eternity in internet time, but I promise it's worth it. Enjoy!