February 29, 2012 |
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.
November 16, 2012 |
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...
April 11, 2012 |
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.
February 20, 2009 |
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.
November 10, 2009 |
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.
March 25, 2013 |
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.