Indiana's controversial Religious Freedom Restoration Act has disrupted the travel plans of UConn coach Kevin Ollie and his staff.
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They're boycotting the Final Four in Indianapolis and the annual National Association of Basketball Coaches convention that coincides with it in compliance with Monday's order from Gov. Dannel Malloy's prohibiting all state of Connecticut employees from traveling to Indiana.
"In support of Governor Malloy's travel ban to the state of Indiana, Kevin Ollie and other members of the UConn men's basketball staff will not travel to Indianapolis for the NCAA Final Four and events surrounding it," UConn president Susan Herbst said in a statement Tuesday night. "UConn is a community that values all of our members and treats each person with the same degree of respect, regardless of their background and beliefs and we will not tolerate any other behavior."
UConn will undoubtedly be one of the few schools without any coaches in Indianapolis. Most coaches travel to the Final Four every year because the annual NABC convention and other events throughout the week are good opportunities to catch up with old friends and network with potential future colleagues.
Ollie and his staff are not alone in their decision. Earlier Tuesday, USC athletic director and College Football Playoff selection committee member Pat Haden tweeted that he is the "proud father of a gay son" and would not attend the CFP meeting this week in Indianapolis.
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