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Sophomore guard Jeremy Lamb and freshman center Andre Drummond departed for the NBA, a move both were expected to make even if UConn had been eligible for the tournament.

Alex Oriakhi transferred to Missouri for his senior season, citing the NCAA decision. Sophomore forward Roscoe Smith transferred to UNLV and redshirt freshman center Michael Bradley left for Western Kentucky.

Ollie, Calhoun’s expected successor, played at UConn and spent 13 seasons in the NBA, before being hired as an assistant in 2010. He has long been mentioned as a logical successor, and has said he would want the job.

Calhoun is well known for his support of many charities, and has raised millions to help build the Pat and Jim Calhoun Cardiology Center at UConn Health Center.

He also is the state’s highest paid employee, signing five-year, $13 million contract in 2010.

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Associated Press writer Pat Eaton-Robb in Hartford, Conn., contributed to this report.