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April 3, 2013 | Chris Foster
Steve Alford was formally introduced as UCLA's basketball coach Tuesday, at center court in Pauley Pavilion. He mentioned John Wooden three times during his first three minutes in the Westwood spotlight. Athletic Director Dan Guerrero noted the "blending the past, present and, of course, the future" of Bruins basketball. Alford, hired away from New Mexico, hopes to live up to UCLA's past, symbols of which were located high above him, where aging national championship banners dangle.
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March 30, 2013 | By Chris Dufresne
Steve Alford might not seem to have many ties to UCLA basketball. He played at Indiana for Coach Bob Knight, who seemed to go out of his way to praise Pete Newell at the expense of John Wooden, who like Alford was an all-state high school player in Indiana who became an All-American in college and led his team to an NCAA title. But here's a nugget I found from an extensive 1997 story I did on Alford when he was coaching at Southwest Missouri State. After Alford was released by the Sacramento Kings in 1992, he was offered a job to coach Division III Manchester College in Indiana. The school was looking for a home-state hero to rescue a struggling basketball program.
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March 29, 2013 | By Chris Foster
Next. UCLA will not have Brad Stevens as a its basketball coach, according to a person familiar with the situation who was not authorized to speak on the matter. Stevens will remain at Butler, where he has led the Bulldogs to two appearances in the national championship game since 2010. ESPN first reported the story. UCLA Athletic Director Dan Guerrero had focused his attention on Stevens this week after Virginia Commonwealth's Shaka Smart removed himself from the board by agreeing to a contract extension.
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March 27, 2013 | By Chris Foster
  This is anything but a slam-dunk. Heck, it's not even a sky hook. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar wants to be the next UCLA basketball coach. The former Bruins star, appearing on "Jimmy Kimmel Live" on Tuesday night, said, “I would certainly be interested in being the coach of the team. It would be great to have the opportunity to restore the program to what it was. Not necessarily in terms of winning, but having the guys get their degrees and learn about the game of basketball.” Abdul-Jabbar has a better chance of riding the winner in the Kentucky Derby.
OPINION
March 27, 2013
Re "A father's hoops dream," Column One, March 22 What Ron Holmes has done with his son Shabazz Muhammad's athletic prowess is nothing new. Sadly, many parents have viewed their progeny as a way to enrich themselves or to live vicariously through them. The problem occurs when the child either fails or doesn't follow the script. What's troubling about this predetermined path is that there is seldom a fallback plan. Given the amount of traveling the UCLA basketball star has done, how many classes could he possibly have attended?
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March 25, 2013 | Bill Plaschke
How can they fire a coach who just won a conference championship? How can they fire a leader who spent 10 years winning more than twice as many games as he lost? How can they fire a salesman who last season brought in the No. 2-ranked recruiting class in the country? Easily, and, perhaps, even admirably. UCLA fired Ben Howland as its basketball coach Sunday because UCLA still believes its basketball program is about something greater than conference championships, greater than number of victories, and greater than the projected promise of teenagers.
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March 25, 2013 | By Chris Foster
Reality check for UCLA. Bruins' basketball fans do have a coach shopping list. But it's going to take more than Athletic Director Dan Guerrero saying, “The UCLA basketball job is open.” Consider … The three high-end names that make UCLA fans salivate: Florida's Billy Donovan, Louisville's Rick Pitino and Michigan State's Tom Izzo. Donovan makes $3.5 million per season; Pitino $4.5 million (including a $600,000 annual retention bonus); Izzo makes $3.49 million and gets use of a private jet for 25 hours per year.
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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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March 22, 2013 | By Ken Bensinger
Ron Holmes has spent two decades making sure that his son, UCLA basketball star Shabazz Muhammad, will one day play for the pros. W hen UCLA takes the court Friday night against Minnesota in its NCAA basketball tournament opener, fans may be getting their last look at Shabazz Muhammad in Bruin blue and gold. Every thunderous dunk and arching three-pointer will help show why he led the team in scoring, made first team All Pac-12 and was named the conference's freshman of the year.
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March 22, 2013 | Bill Plaschke
AUSTIN, Texas -- It wasn't so much a goodbye wave as a slap in the face. After 10 years of professionally serving a university he loved, Ben Howland was ushered out with two hours of everything he hated. Selfish shots. Lazy defense. Blank stares. In what was probably Howland's final game as a UCLA basketball coach after a decade of giving the program class and dignity and three Final Four appearances, his players gave him nothing. IN-DEPTH: Shabazz Muhammad's father planned to mint NBA millionaire In what was probably his last stand, he was crushed.
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