April 11, 2012 |
The NCAA put Baylor on three years of probation Wednesday after an investigation turned up hundreds of impermissible telephone calls and text messages sent to prep recruits by coaches and assistants on the basketball teams. The violations were considered to be major infractions, and they were announced less than a week after the Bears women's team won the national championship with the first 40-0 season in NCAA history. Still, it could have been much worse for Baylor. All of the penalties were proposed by the school and accepted by the NCAA after a review of nearly 900,000 phone and text message records found that 738 texts and 528 calls were against the rules.
March 13, 2012 |
Ben Howland's exit interview Tuesday wasn't a literal farewell, though some might have thought the UCLA basketball coach was on his way out after a volatile season. In fact, just hours before Howland met with reporters for his final session of the 2011-12 season, UCLA Athletic Director Dan Guerrero released a statement indicating that Howland would be the team's coach next season, his 10th at UCLA. Howland began his news conference by reading a prepared statement, something he said he didn't usually do but that he wanted to do in this case because "I'd just like to make sure I'm clear on my message and not let my emotions get in the way. " The statement began: "This past season has been the most challenging of my 31 years as a college basketball coach.
February 3, 2012 |
UCLA will try to win its first game against a Division I opponent outside of Southern California on Saturday but will do so without 6-foot-10 forward Travis Wear . Wear suffered a high ankle sprain in the Bruins' 71-69 loss to Washington on Thursday and is unlikely to play against Washington State. He is second on the team in scoring and rebounding, averaging 11.8 points and 5.2 rebounds per game. High ankle sprains generally linger, but Coach Ben Howland said Wear's is "mild.
January 6, 2012 |
One win over Arizona, UCLA's best of the season, and Coach Ben Howland's voice was dual-toned Friday. Maybe even triple-toned. Definitely not the monotone that had marked his lifeless summations and conversations after the Bruins lost their opening two Pac-12 Conference games — one a nail biter, the other a run away — last weekend. A day after UCLA defeated Arizona, 65-58, for its first conference win, Howland punctuated his sentences with verbal high-fives. On his team's offensive execution, especially in shooting 57.1% in the first half when the Bruins used a 17-4 run to build a seven-point lead, Howland said his big men, most notably David and Travis Wear, did a good job of posting up and shooting.
November 14, 2011 |
The enigmatic career of UCLA's Reeves Nelson veered into uncertainty Monday when Coach Ben Howland indefinitely suspended the temperamental forward for what was termed conduct unbecoming a member of the team. Nelson, the team's leading scorer and rebounder last season, will not be with the Bruins on Tuesday night at the Sports Arena when they play host to Middle Tennessee State. His status will be reevaluated after a meeting with Howland later this week. "This is a very disappointing situation for Reeves and for our basketball program," Howland said in a statement.
November 8, 2011
UCLA BASKETBALL ROSTER STARTERS No./Name/Year/Pos./Ht./Wt./Ppg./Rpg./Apg./Comment 34/Joshua Smith/So./C/6-10/315/10.9/6.3/0.6/ Coach Ben Howland says he wants Smith to be nation's most dominant big. Oh, that's all? 22/Reeves Nelson/Jr./F/6-8/235/13.9/9.1/1.6/Illustrated man could get ink from national media for more than his tattoos. 12/David Wear/So./F/6-10/225/2.9*/1.7*/0.4*/North Carolina transfer baffles science as world's tallest small forward. 1/Tyler Lamb/So./G/6-3/200/2.6/1.