UCLA Fires Coach Ben Howland
Posted by Luis Cuevas on Mar 24, 2013 - 10:21:57 PM
WESTWOOD—On Sunday, March 24, UCLA announced ten-year UCLA Basketball coach, Howland, was fired. Howland’s last game of his ten-year run as UCLA's head coach came on Friday in their season ending loss to
Minnesota in the NCAA tournament.
UCLA finished as Pac-12 regular season winners with a 25-10 regular season record. The blowout loss to
Minnesota put a sour note on the end of Howland’s stay in UCLA, which included a national championship game by his third season and two more final fours.
Howland is responsible for mentoring NBA talent Russell Westbrook, Kevin Love, Darren Collison and Arron Afflalo. He finished with a record of 233 wins and 107 losses. He won four conference titles with UCLA in the past eight years which also include three trips to the final four.
Lately, everything had gone down hill for UCLA who missed the NCAA tournament twice in the last four seasons, a losing record in the 2010 season and UCLA has only won two NCAA tournament games since 2008. The Bruins have not advanced to the sweet sixteen for five consecutive seasons post John Wooden era. The team has not been ranked in top ten since the 2008-2009 seasons.
Howland took over UCLA after Steve Lavin had posted a 10-19 regular season record. He was on contract through 2017; his early termination would include a $3.2 million buyout because of his contract.