December 5, 2011 |
His UCLA office was stifling. Ben Howland went through three bottles of water while fidgeting there on the hot seat. "I like it warm," he says, which is good, because it's time to turn up the heat on Howland. The Bruins were the pick to win the Pac-12 Conference this season, but right now they are as disappointing as a Rick Neuheisel -coached team. "We're 2-5 and we're UCLA and that's not a good position to be in," says Howland. "Yeah, I feel the heat — the heat I put on myself.
November 11, 2010 |
It was almost impossible not to look. At some point during games at Pauley Pavilion, UCLA players would gaze behind the Bruins' bench in hopes of catching a glimpse of the man sitting in Section 103B, Row 2, Seat 1. That was the spot reserved for John Wooden , a constant presence until his health deteriorated in recent years. "I definitely looked at him when he was at the games," junior guard Jerime Anderson said. "It's hard not to notice that Coach Wooden is there.
January 8, 2012 |
Raymond Nelson, freshman tight end at UCLA, has been kicked off the team for an incident that occurred before the Bruins played Illinois in the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl on Dec. 31. Nelson was sent home the day before the game for violating team rules, according to a person with knowledge of the situation who was not authorized to speak on the subject. Coach Jim Mora, hired last month, reviewed the situation before making his decision. Neither Mora nor Nelson could be reached for comment.
December 30, 2010
UCLA next vs. Washington, Friday at Pauley Pavilion, 1 p.m., Prime Ticket ? UCLA has won four consecutive games at home against the Huskies, the media's preseason pick to win the Pacific 10 Conference. One key statistic to track will be rebounding; Washington was outrebounded in each of its first three losses and will be confronted by one of the Pac-10's best frontcourts in Reeves Nelson and Joshua Smith.
October 23, 2010 |
When it comes to sizing up UCLA basketball players, there's no one quite like Wes Long . In his early summer assessments, the Bruins' athletic performance coach saw a Brendan Lane who needed to beef up, a Joshua Smith who needed to slim down and a Tyler Lamb who also needed to drop weight to compete at the major-college level. So Long took the Bruins out on the football field, where they flipped giant tires and swung heavy ropes until their shoulders ached. Then they ran, ran, ran. If their new physiques are any indication, the Bruins appear ready to make a run at something better than last season's 14-18 record.
February 6, 2011
UCLA next vs. Oregon, Thursday at Pauley Pavilion, 7:30 p.m., Prime Ticket ? The Ducks (12-11 overall, 5-6 Pacific 10 Conference) have won five of their last seven games, including an 81-76 victory over No. 20 Washington on Saturday that moved them above .500 for the first time since late December. UCLA sophomore Reeves Nelson will likely be seeking a bounce-back effort after fouling out with zero points during the Bruins' 67-59 victory at Oregon last month. ?Ben Bolch
November 28, 2011
When: 8. Where: Sports Arena. On the air: TV: Prime Ticket. Radio: 570. Records: UCLA 1-4, Pepperdine 3-2. Update: Coach Ben Howland said forward Reeves Nelson would not move back into the starting lineup "any time soon" in the wake of early-season suspensions that sidelined him for 11/2 games before he returned during the Maui Invitational. "He's got to have a good attitude, be accountable for a while here before that's going to happen," Howland said, noting a few slip-ups in which Nelson reverted to his practice habits.
November 9, 2011 |
The men's basketball programs at UCLA and USC each received two letters of intent Wednesday as the NCAA's fall early signing period opened. UCLA secured the services of Kyle Anderson , a highly coveted 6-foot-8 swingman from Jersey City (N.J.) St. Anthony High, and 6-5 shooting guard Jordan Adams from Mouth of Wilson (Va.) Oak Hill Academy. Coach Ben Howland said the Bruins could add another player in the early signing period and expected to bring in a total of four new players.
March 13, 2012 |
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.