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Ben Howland firmly on UCLA hot seat

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10:35 AM ET 02.16 | A segment of UCLA fans are in the anti-Howland camp, with their spokesman being former Bruin and television analyst Bill Walton. The 76-63 loss to California on Thursday was another chance for Walton and other Ben Howland critics to vent. But where Howland stands with those who matter is unknown. Associate Athletic Director Mark Harlan was there to give a pat on the back and a hug after the Bruins' last-second victory over Washington. No one from the administration showed up to greet Howland at the postgame news conference two nights later after UCLA rolled over Washington State. Athletic Director Dan Guerrero said two weeks ago, "There were high expectations. Ben knows that, the coaches know that and the players know that. They have the same expectations. As the season has progressed, there have been ups and downs, but those expectations haven't wavered. We'll see how this plays out."

Los Angeles Times

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February 16, 2013  11:22 AM ET
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If you don;t win you get shown the door. It's pretty simple

LOL, that's about it, but let's not forget that it wasn't too long ago that Howland, took the Bruins to three straight Final Fours!!!

February 16, 2013  12:08 PM ET

Will this program ever be happy with a coach?

February 16, 2013  12:21 PM ET
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Will this program ever be happy with a coach?

Dr, good morning!!!! Yeah I don't think that UCLA will ever get over the Wooden years!!! Howland took the Bruins to the Final Four (2006-08) three years in a row. How many Final fours has North Carolina been in, the last 3/4 years???

February 16, 2013  12:46 PM ET

In a what have you done for me lately world-here is the last 4 plus years record-

2008???09 Ben Howland 26???9 13???5 2 NCAA Round of 32
2009???10 Ben Howland 14???18 8???10 5
2010???11 Ben Howland 23-11 13???5 2 NCAA Round of 32
2011???12 Ben Howland 19-14 11-7 6
2012???13 Ben Howland 18-6 8-3

February 16, 2013  12:49 PM ET
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Dr, good morning!!!! Yeah I don't think that UCLA will ever get over the Wooden years!!! Howland took the Bruins to the Final Four (2006-08) three years in a row. How many Final fours has North Carolina been in, the last 3/4 years???

North Carolina, Duke, Kansas ... they don't fire their coaches very often ... they believe in stability even if they don't win a championship every year. Coaches at those schools have a good track record of recruiting players and retaining them for more than one year. If UCLA wants to be like those programs they need to get off the coaching carousel.

February 16, 2013  01:15 PM ET
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North Carolina, Duke, Kansas ... they don't fire their coaches very often ... they believe in stability even if they don't win a championship every year. Coaches at those schools have a good track record of recruiting players and retaining them for more than one year. If UCLA wants to be like those programs they need to get off the coaching carousel.

Yes and UCLA has sent quite a few "one and two and dones", to the NBA in the last 4/5 years!!!

February 16, 2013  01:21 PM ET
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In a what have you done for me lately world-here is the last 4 plus years record-2008???09 Ben Howland 26???9 13???5 2 NCAA Round of 322009???10 Ben Howland 14???18 8???10 5 2010???11 Ben Howland 23-11 13???5 2 NCAA Round of 322011???12 Ben Howland 19-14 11-7 6 2012???13 Ben Howland 18-6 8-3

Good point, but how many "good one and two and dones", have UCLA sent to the NBA in the last 4/5 years!!! This will take a toll on any college basketball program. Check out some of the top college basketball (North Carolina) programs and see how many of their players entered the NBA draft early!!!

February 16, 2013  08:37 PM ET

UCLA was irrelevant in Basketball for 30 years, and Howland took them to 3 final fours. I guess in basketball finishing 4th is something to be celebrated, but it's sure as hell a lot better than they had been doing without him as coach. But fire his ****, and go back to the Lavin years, if there is such a thing as a college basketball fan.

February 17, 2013  11:20 AM ET
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LOL, that's about it, but let's not forget that it wasn't too long ago that Howland, took the Bruins to three straight Final Fours!!!

yeah right he ben howland is a sorry coach what is that starting five from florida doin in the nba right now nothing except noah. what is that starting five from ucla doin kevin love a top 10 nba player darren collison starter dallas mavericks mbah a solid contributor for the bucks westbrook did not even start for the bruins and is a top 10 player in the nba ucla had way more talent but this sorry coach needs to go what a missed oportunity

February 17, 2013  12:31 PM ET
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yeah right he ben howland is a sorry coach what is that starting five from florida doin in the nba right now nothing except noah. what is that starting five from ucla doin kevin love a top 10 nba player darren collison starter dallas mavericks mbah a solid contributor for the bucks westbrook did not even start for the bruins and is a top 10 player in the nba ucla had way more talent but this sorry coach needs to go what a missed oportunity

Yup!!! You hit the nail right on the head, with this comment!!! You forgot Jrue Holiday that has a 19.0 PPG and a 8.9 APG this year!!!

 
February 19, 2013  10:52 AM ET
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If you don;t win you get shown the door. It's pretty simple

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