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March 13, 2012 | By Chris Foster
Ben Howland will remain UCLA's basketball coach, UCLA Athletic Director Dan Guerrero announced Tuesday. In a prepared statement, Guerrero said that he and Howland had “several discussions” after the volatile season. Guard Jerime Anderson was arrested for misdemeanor theft in August, Reeves Nelson, the Bruins' top player, was dismissed from the team in December and a Sports Illustrated story portrayed Howland as having lost control of his team. “Ben understands full well that the management and oversight of the program needs improvement,” Guerrero said.
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April 2, 2014 | By Chris Foster
A former sports agent says he provided payments to a basketball star while the player competed in high school and for UCLA. Noah Lookofsky said Tyler Honeycutt and Honeycutt's mother, Lisa Stazel, were given money to cover rent, travel and the down payment on a car as the agent tried to coax them toward a representation agreement. Lookofsky said during a phone interview Wednesday afternoon that he had documentation proving he invested more than $55,000 in Honeycutt, but that "the true number is actually north of $100,000.
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November 6, 2012 | By Baxter Holmes
Could Shabazz Muhammad play in UCLA's season opener Friday against Indiana State? The answer to that question still depends on the NCAA, which has yet to clear the touted freshman guard. The NCAA did interview Muhammad's parents, Ron Holmes and Faye Muhammad, in Las Vegas late last week, according to people close to the situation who aren't authorized to speak publicly.  So, with those key interviews done, if the NCAA were to clear him in the next few days, is Muhammad, who school officials say is dealing with a right shoulder strain, healthy enough to play Friday?
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March 20, 2014 | Bill Plaschke
SAN DIEGO - He's been on the job nearly a full calendar year, leading a young basketball team to a conference tournament championship while filling a dormant program with energy and hope. Yet Steve Alford's career as UCLA basketball coach doesn't officially begin until right now. Friday night, Viejas Arena, NCAA tournament, opening game, Tulsa waiting. Despair waiting, relief waiting, ghosts waiting. "This is when the UCLA coaching hot seat gets really hot," said Tracy Murray, former Bruins star and current team radio analyst.
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February 29, 2012 | By Chris Foster
UCLA Athletic Director Dan Guerrero stopped short of guaranteeing that Bruins' basketball coach Ben Howland will return next season in the wake of allegations made by a Sports Illustrated story. The article painted a picture of a program where players used drugs and fought with each other in practice, as well as Howland giving preferential treatment that led to abuse by one player, Reeves Nelson. Nelson was kicked off the team in December. “Ben has been with me nine years.
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November 16, 2012 | By Baxter Holmes
One of UCLA's biggest wins or losses this season could be determined during a hearing expected Friday. If the NCAA appeals committee sides with UCLA in the hearing concerning Shabazz Muhammad, the currently ineligible freshman basketball player would probably be available to play for the Bruins immediately.  But if the committee denies UCLA's appeal, Muhammad, a highly rated 6-foot-6 swingman from Las Vegas, would have to go through a reinstatement...
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April 11, 2012 | By Ben Bolch
Ben Howland laughed so often and seemed so much at ease that you almost wanted to demand he answer some obscure trivia question about his background to prove it was really he. The typically gruff UCLA basketball coach was in such good cheer during a conference call with reporters Wednesday night because the Bruins had just signed Shabazz Muhammad, ending a three-year recruitment of one of the top prep seniors in the nation. "Needless to say," Howland said, "I'm very happy right now. " Less than a month after another season ended without an NCAA tournament appearance and Howland's job status seemed shakier than the San Andreas fault, the longtime coach was back on solid footing thanks to Muhammad's decision to spend at least one season in Westwood.
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February 20, 2009 | BILL PLASCHKE
Watching a Ben Howland team take the floor after consecutive losses is like watching a punished child take the backyard after standing in the corner. The sigh of relief is palpable. The need to please is visible. The energy expended is nuts. These Bruins may not be a Final Four team, but they are still a Last Straw team, pushing back hardest when they are pushed to the edge, capable of greatness even when on the verge of collapse.
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November 10, 2009 | David Wharton
His voice carries above the squeak of sneakers, the chatter of players, echoing into the corners of a mostly empty Pauley Pavilion. "Make those cuts hard," he barks. " Hard ." This is what Ben Howland lives for, the hard cut and the hedge, the close-out and the jump stop, fundamentals of the game. Watch him at UCLA practice, clutching his notes, stopping mid-drill to nudge one of his guards aside and personally demonstrate defensive technique. A 52-year-old man in shorts, he crouches low. "One hand up," he says.
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October 25, 2010 | By Ben Bolch
Coach Ben Howland sounded like a mayoral candidate lagging in the polls with election night looming, saying his UCLA basketball team has "a lot of work to do" and "a long way to go" because the coach is breaking in so many new players. On the plus side, one newcomer appears capable of influencing the swing vote. Freshman shooting guard Tyler Lamb has impressed Howland with his defensive tenacity and three-point accuracy, making five of six shots from beyond the arc during a scrimmage Saturday.
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March 5, 2014 | By Chris Foster
UCLA's basketball team won the Pac-12 Conference regular-season championship last season and Coach Ben Howland was fired. With two games left in this conference regular season, the Bruins already know they will not repeat as champions, yet all is well. The change from Howland to Steve Alford has been a mostly lateral move. Entirely horizontal, in fact, according to the records. UCLA last season had a 22-7 record at this stage. As the Bruins prepare to play at Washington on Thursday and Washington State on Saturday in their final two games before this year's conference tournament, their record is … 22-7.
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December 21, 2013 | Bill Dwyre
There is life after basketball, and Ben Howland has found it. There were the two weeks of fly-fishing in Montana and Wyoming this summer, with some spectacular success, unless you were a rainbow, cutthroat, brook or brown. "Oh, man," Howland says. "I never had time for that before. I'll send you some pictures. " And he does. There has been the kind of family time that a UCLA basketball coach just doesn't get. This year's Christmas card shows family among the swaying palm trees of Maui, with grandson Little Ben stealing the photo.
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July 11, 2013 | Bill Dwyre
The mud and slop into which big-time college athletics keeps descending never ceases to amaze. Tuesday's story in The Times about Steve Alford's financial situation at UCLA is merely more sewage on the sludge. Let us count the ways, remembering as we go that: •This is the school that has forever promoted and flaunted the principles of John Wooden. •Times have changed. Athletic finances and athletic egos have become inflated. •(Again) This is the school that has forever promoted and flaunted the principles of John Wooden.
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July 9, 2013 | Ken Bensinger
UCLA fans better get used to the sight of Steve Alford. Win or lose, he's going to be around for quite some time. That's because UCLA's new head basketball coach is bound to the program -- and it to him -- by a $10.4-million buyout clause worth four times his annual pay. That stricture, unusually large by college coaching standards, is one of several eye-catching terms in Alford's contract, which had not before been made public but has been...
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July 9, 2013 | By Ken Bensinger
UCLA fans better get used to the sight of Steve Alford. Win or lose, he's going to be around for quite some time. That's because UCLA's new head basketball coach is bound to the program - and it to him - by a $10.4-million buyout clause worth four times his annual pay. That stricture, unusually large by college coaching standards, is one of several eye-catching terms in Alford's contract , which had not before been made public but has...
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May 4, 2013 | By Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times
Area basketball coaches are seeing a lot of off-court action these days. Now that the Lakers are out of the playoffs, head coach Mike D'Antoni can turn his attention to moving into the house he and his wife, Laurel, just bought in Manhattan Beach for $6.9 million and working on his tan. Set on a walk street, the ocean-view home features a three-stop cherry-paneled elevator, which should come in handy for carting beverages from the...
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March 2, 2010 | T.J. Simers
Here's how quickly things change. Year after year it seems Ben Howland is a fixture on the Final Four floor. But last year the Bruins lose in the second round of the NCAA tournament and Howland is given tickets for the Final Four in Detroit's Ford Field, Howland's seats, he estimates, "100 yards from the court" in what is usually a football stadium. This year, when the tournament is played in Indianapolis, he should be so lucky to be allowed in the building. UCLA had a better year in football than it did in basketball, and that's how far Howland's program has sunk.
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March 25, 2013 | By Chris Foster
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.
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April 29, 2013 | By Lauren Beale
Former UCLA basketball Coach Ben Howland has listed his home in a gated Bel-Air neighborhood for $1,899,950. Built in 1999, the stone-clad home features an elevator, a home theater, five bedrooms, four bathrooms and close to 4,700 square feet of living space. The nearly half-acre lot includes a swimming pool with spa, a covered patio and a barbecue center. During Howland's 10 years at UCLA, he won four conference titles and coached the team to three Final Fours. Jordan Cohen of Re/Max Olson & Associates is the listing agent.
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April 26, 2013 | Staff and wire reports
Matt Kenseth said Thursday the massive penalties that NASCAR levied against the driver and his Joe Gibbs Racing team were "grossly unfair" and "borderline shameful. " NASCAR on Wednesday stripped Kenseth of 50 championship points and suspended his crew chief Jason Ratcliff for several races, among other penalties, because last weekend Kenseth's No. 20 Toyota had an engine part that was too light. The faulty part -- a rod that connects a piston to the crankshaft and normally weighs just over one pound -- was detected in an inspection after Kenseth won Sunday's race at Kansas Speedway.
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