Skip to main content
Advertising

Originally published Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 10:53 PM

  • Share:
           
  • Comments (0)
  • Print

UCLA: Ben Howland has not been fired

UCLA hasn't fired Ben Howland as basketball coach, although his time in Westwood appears to be running out.

AP Sports Writer

Most Popular Comments
Hide / Show comments
No comments have been posted to this article.
Start the conversation >

advertising

LOS ANGELES —

UCLA hasn't fired Ben Howland as basketball coach, although his time in Westwood appears to be running out.

A school spokesman said late Saturday night that contrary to multiple media reports UCLA had not fired Howland.

Howland told the Los Angeles Times that he had not yet spoken to athletic director Dan Guerrero, who typically evaluates Howland and the program after every season. Yahoo Sports reported that Howland had already been notified that he was out.

The Bruins' season ended Friday with an 83-63 loss to Minnesota in the NCAA tournament.

Howland has a 233-107 record in 10 seasons at UCLA. He took the Bruins to three Final Fours and won four Pac-12 championships, including this season. He has two years left on his contract that includes a $2.3 million buyout.

Howland had a series of ups and downs this season that included center Joshua Smith quitting the team for personal reasons and guard Tyler Lamb leaving over a lack of playing time in the same week in November that the Bruins were upset by Cal Poly and dropped out of the Top 25.

The season opened with star recruits Shabazz Muhammad and Kyle Anderson under investigation by the NCAA.

Muhammad missed the first three games and had to repay $1,600 in impermissible benefits after the NCAA and UCLA found that he had accepted travel and lodging during three unofficial visits to Duke and North Carolina.

Anderson was cleared to play after being investigated for potential recruiting violations.

A year ago, UCLA's season ended in turmoil after the Bruins went 19-14 and missed the NCAA tournament for the second time in three years. Howland kicked standout Reeves Nelson off the team and an unflattering Sports Illustrated article suggested that the coach had lost control of the team.

But Howland bought himself more time with his best recruiting class since the program made those three straight Final Four appearances ending in 2008.

Muhammad, Anderson and Jordan Adams had standout seasons as freshmen this year, although Adams broke his foot in the Pac-12 tournament and his absence hurt the Bruins in their loss to Minnesota.

News where, when and how you want it

Email Icon

Career Center Blog

Career Center Blog

Bad email habits to break today


Advertising
The Seattle Times

The door is closed, but it's not locked.

Take a minute to subscribe and continue to enjoy The Seattle Times for as little as 99 cents a week.

Subscription options ►

Already a subscriber?

We've got good news for you. Unlimited seattletimes.com content access is included with most subscriptions.

Subscriber login ►