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Thursday, March 1st, 2012 at 10:11 am  |  9 responses

UCLA’s Program Reportedly in Disarray

by David Cassilo / @dcassilo

The once proud basketball program of UCLA has become one riddled with drugs, fighting and no discipline, according to a story in Sports Illustrated.

Under head coach Ben Howland, players have reportedly done things from taking Ecstasy to berating assistant coaches. Physical attacks on players during practice have occurred and many once-heralded recruits have transferred out of the program.

Several of the incidents focus on former player Reeves Nelson, who was kicked off the team earlier this season. Perhaps most disturbing was an alleged incident he had with his former teammate, Tyler Honeycutt, who Nelson suspected told Howland of plans the team had to stay out late for New Year’s Eve.

From SI.com:

A short time later, Nelson returned home from a night of partying, piled Honeycutt’s clothes on Honeycutt’s bed, and then urinated on the clothes and flipped the bed over. When asked by SI about the incident, Nelson said, “I would dispute that that is exactly what happened, but I understand people would say that is what happened. But I think, most of all, you should know that Tyler and I are still friends.”

It didn’t appear that Nelson was punished for the incident, but players say that Honeycutt was given his own single dorm room. (Through his agent, Honeycutt declined to comment.)

Barring a miracle run through the Pac-12 tournament, UCLA is poised to miss the NCAA tournament for the second time in three seasons.

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  • http://slamonline.com Sandy Dover

    WOW.

  • sammy ETO’ONAIL

    He did it for the banter.

  • anthony y

    It’s a wrap for howland!

  • IndyG

    I wonder if some of their recruits like Kyle Anderson will decommit now

  • Kilo

    Ben Howland should have been gone 2 years ago.

  • http://redoftoothandclaw.ca/ niQ

    With friends like that…

  • http://www.slamonline.com spit hot fiyah

    this is news?
    west wood

  • http://nyill.wordpress.com Enigmatic

    Nelson has issues, man. I read the whole article the night it dropped, and I couldn’t believe all the sh*t he got away with.
    Multiple fights, hard fouls on teammates in practice, treating the assistant coaches like they were nothing.
    That dude should just give up all hope of ever getting drafted, this article was the nail in the coffin for that.

  • hushabomb

    @Enigmatic. Imagine if he does get drafted and like on a veteran team like the Suns or Celtics. If I’m KG, I’d kick balls into the stands and tell Reeves to “fetch”. Then if he talks back to me I would PT him so bad like run every step of the bleachers at Boston Garden (I like it better than the TD Garden).

    @Reeves Nelson, have fun in the D-League. Your bully act will work wonders there!!!!!

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