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March 1, 2012 | By Chris Foster
This was therapeutic … or maybe UCLA's basketball players have just become numb to upheaval. In a season that has lurched from one hot spot to another, the Bruins had a uncomplicated evening. Beating Washington State, 78-46, Thursday night at the Sports Arena was more than a Pac-12 Conference victory. It was 40 minutes without incident. “We just needed a win,” guard Lazeric Jones said. The Bruins have walked on coals since before the season began. Jerime Anderson, their senior point guard, pleaded guilty to misdemeanor theft before the season.
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February 29, 2012 | By Chris Foster
UCLA Coach Ben Howland reiterated that he has “made mistakes, along the way,” in judging the abilities and character of players during recruiting in recent seasons. But he said that was “surprised by the assertions” in a Sports Illustrated story that portrayed his program as out of control. “Some [of the instances] I had no knowledge about, some were taken out of context and some were not true,” Howland said. As to whether he expected to return as UCLA's coach, Howland said he and Athletic Director Dan Guerrero meet every year to “talk about our strengths and weaknesses and what we need to get better at. … I am very confident that I will lead this program lead in the future.” The story cited instances in which former UCLA forward Reeves Nelson intentionally went after teammates during practice without repercussions from Howland.
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February 29, 2012 | Bill Plaschke
The most stunning part of the story is that it wasn't stunning. Sports Illustrated's expose on the UCLA basketball program, which hit the web Wednesday, will be no surprise to anyone who has watched the Bruins slowly decay in the four years since their last Final Four appearance. Ben Howland is cold! Reeves Nelson was a knucklehead! The team has been dragged down by bad players and bad guys! Stop the presses! UCLA should actually be sighing in relief that one of SI's best reporters could spend two months digging into a marquee team located in a glitzy city and come up with zero NCAA violations, zero academic fraud, zero wrongdoing other than the usual idiot college partying.
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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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February 29, 2012 | By Chris Foster
Damage control was the order of the day around the UCLA basketball team Wednesday. As the Bruins prepared for their final Pac-12 Conference games of the regular season, against Washington State on Thursday and Washington on Saturday, Coach Ben Howland, Athletic Director Dan Guerrero and university Chancellor Gene Block juggled questions in the wake of a Sports Illustrated article that portrayed UCLA's program as one in chaos. In the article, Howland was depicted as a coach who in the last four seasons had lost control of undisciplined and immature players who were partying hard, fighting with each other, bickering with their coaches and cruising through practices.
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February 18, 2012 | By Ben Bolch
Reporting from New York -- Madison Square Garden was buzzing Friday night, with Paul McCartney seated near courtside to check out New York Knicks sensation Jeremy Lin. Less than 24 hours later, UCLA put itself through a hard day's night on the same floor amid considerably reduced fanfare. The Bruins continually flubbed the ball against St. John's. They looked less composed than a team starting five freshmen. They allowed more second chances than they had earlier this season for Reeves Nelson.
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February 11, 2012 | By Chris Foster
UCLA basketball fans can get their calendars out now. NIT first-round games are March 13 and 14 -- Loyola Marymount in a rematch? April 11 will be national letter-of-intent signing day, and Shabazz Muhammad -- considered the best high school player in the nation -- has UCLA as one of his final schools. California came to the Sports Arena on Saturday and cleared UCLA's schedule with a 73-63 victory. "It was disappointing, obviously," senior guard Jerime Anderson said. "We saw where we could have been and where we are now. " Where the Bruins are now is 14-11 overall and 7-6 in Pac-12 Conference play after being thoroughly handled by the Bears (20-6, 10-3)
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January 17, 2012 | By Diane Pucin
Indiana Pacers point guard Darren Collison used a food analogy to describe his graceful jump from playing under UCLA Coach Ben Howland to his quick success in the pros. "You need the vegetables from Coach Howland," Collison said. "[Then] dessert in the NBA is kind of your reward. " It has been a disappointing basketball season so far for the Bruins, who are in a three-way tie for fifth place in the Pac-12 after being picked to win the conference. And there is some restlessness among the UCLA fan base.
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January 8, 2012 | By Chris Foster
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.
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December 27, 2011 | By Diane Pucin
Jerime Anderson , a senior guard on the UCLA basketball team, understands the significance of what comes next for the Bruins. "This is a huge weekend for our team," Anderson said. "The biggest of the year. If we come out and start well, that will do a lot for the team's confidence. " And if the start is slow? Anderson shook his head. "That can't happen," he said. The Bruins (7-5) begin Pac-12 Conference play with a tough assignment — traveling to Stanford (10-2) on Thursday and California (10-3)
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