Monday, March 25th, 2013 at 2:11 pm  |  6 responses

UCLA Fires Ben Howland

Can’t say we didn’t see this one coming. After recruiting one of the best incoming freshmen classes in UCLA’s history, which was also regarded as the top recruiting class of the nation in 2012 (a group that included Shabazz Muhammad, Kyle Anderson, Jordan Adams and Tony Parker), head coach Ben Howland was unable to live up to expectations and it has now cost him his job. From the Los Angeles Times: “Ben Howland, who led UCLA to three Final Fours, was fired Sunday, the school announced, ending the longest tenure for a Bruins coach since John Wooden retired in 1975. Howland spent 10 seasons in Westwood, finishing with a 233-107 record. He is coming off one of his best coaching performances, with the Bruins winning the Pac-12 Conference regular-season championship. Yet his star had fallen considerably since he took UCLA to consecutive Final Fours in 2006, ’07 and ’08. He was informed Sunday that he was fired. UCLA needed to go deep into the NCAA tournament to save Howland’s job. The Bruins were bounced by Minnesota, 83-63, in their first game Friday. “We went into the season with high aspirations of winning the conference championship and making a run in the tournament,” Athletic Director Dan Guerrero said. “We were successful at the former, but not the latter.”

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  • spit hot fiyah

    frank haith has to be next right?

  • The Philosopher

    Reminds me of when Donald Rumsfeld got ran out of the White House.
    Bush hugged him in front of the cameras. Patted his shoulder, and everything.
    I wonder if Howland got a hug from the boss. And got his shoulder patted.

  • KingBenjamin

    Bring Tubby Smith to UCLA!

  • LobCity

    Hell no!!! I’ll take Shaka Smart though

  • roscoe

    Ben wins his conf. goes to the final four more than any other coach in his conference.

    and gets canned.

    this is just the beginning of some story.

    USC 2.0?

  • http://www.facebook.com/sajjatam Sajjatam Tp Kulsomboon

    Ben Howland has certainly had high expectations put on him season after season following that 3 year Final Four streak in which each team had at least 4 legitimate NBA players. But it is still discouraging in other perspectives, like how he has managed his players. Just look at all the mildly successful transfers, Mike Moser, Chase Stanback, Drew Gordon, J’mison Morgan. I just think it would be quite comical if Josh Smith turned out to be a decent player next year on another team. And then there’s always the Reeves Nelson debacle.
    Sure enough, Howland hasn’t exactly failed miserably. He did revive the career of UNC transfer Larry Drew and led this years team to a PAC12 title, for whatever that means, and the success during the Collison, Holiday, Westbrook, Love years.
    But expectation has always been high and he has never met those lofty expectations.
    Good luck to you, Ben.