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UCLA fires Ben Howland as basketball coach

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  • Y's little brother Sandy, UT
    March 26, 2013 11:13 p.m.

    Silent Lurker

    What makes U think BYU fans are even the slightest bit interested in losing one of the best coaches in the country to UCLA?

  • Porky Salt Lake City, UT
    March 26, 2013 5:40 p.m.

    UCLA should hire Bill Walton. He seems to have all the answers. He thinks UCLA is loaded with talent and all the rest of the PAC-12 has only narrowly skilled position players. Would love to see Arizona beat Walton each and every game.

  • Porky Salt Lake City, UT
    March 26, 2013 5:35 p.m.

    Fred Hoiberg, from Iowa State, should be a leading candidate. He packs them into the arena. Fans love him. Being an ISU alumn, I'd hate to see him go. Rumor has him being considered for the NBA and/or eventually to Indiana. Both not to my liking.

  • Porky Salt Lake City, UT
    March 26, 2013 5:31 p.m.

    Fred "The Mayor" Hoiberg from Iowa State should be a leading candidate. I'd hate to see him leave ISU and I'm an alumn.

  • Silent Lurker Cottonwood Heights, UT
    March 26, 2013 10:14 a.m.

    Sorry cougar fans but Dave Rose would not even be considered for an assistant job at UCLA. He is a fine coach but he is not the UCLA kind of coach. Word in LA is that they are looking to get Billy Donavon from Florida as the next coach.

  • TrueBlue Orem, UT
    March 25, 2013 10:38 p.m.

    lloyd braun

    Respect isn't measured only in wins and losses.

  • lloyd braun ogden, utah
    March 25, 2013 10:23 p.m.

    I didn't know BYU was one of the most respected teams in the country. How did you come by this information? I don't understand why Cougar fans have such a "look how good we are" mentality. You get that by playing great basketball. Win some games in the NCAA tournament, say like Butler the last few years, Gonzaga, etc. They're proving they are great programs.

  • TrueBlue Orem, UT
    March 25, 2013 9:59 p.m.

    "UCLA should hire Rose. Look how he has turned BYU into one of the most respected Bball teams in the country."

    Don't think Rose would accept; he's very proud of the program he's built at BYU.

  • Feliz Kaysville, UT
    March 25, 2013 3:59 p.m.

    UCLA should hire Rose. Look how he has turned BYU into one of the most respected Bball teams in the country.

  • TrueBlue Orem, UT
    March 25, 2013 11:18 a.m.

    Jon Wilner estimates that firing Howland and hiring Smart (from VCU) could very well cost the Bruins in excess of $20 million, which is nearly as much as UCLA gets annually from the new Pac-12 media rights deal.

    But remember: The $20.8 million annual payout per school is an average over the life of the deal. It starts much lower and uses an escalator. Next year, for example, the Bruins will collect approx $17 million. (Utah, with only a 3/4 share next year, will collect approx $12.75 million.)

  • AZ Blue & Red Gilbert, AZ
    March 25, 2013 10:26 a.m.

    Would love Carlino to give his 2-bits but betting he will take the high road and say nothing. But would be interesting to get his take here.

    Something is not right at UCLA and I for one think this is a good move.

  • Whatsnu Sandy, UT
    March 24, 2013 11:02 p.m.

    Two For Flinching

    Ben Howland's complete lack of concern for abuse occurring within his basketball program is the main reason Matt Carlino transferred to BYU barely a month into his Freshman season at UCLA; and Matt wasn't the only player who left UCLA because of it.

  • Tenn12 Orem, UT
    March 24, 2013 10:39 p.m.

    Two For Flinching,
    Yeah I'm sorry I forget all the specifics, but I remember reading a story about it in Sports Illustrated. No question the guy can coach and recruit, but I think too many people were driven away because of the things that went on under his watch. This was a couple years back but his reputation suffered.

  • Two For Flinching Salt Lake City, UT
    March 24, 2013 9:46 p.m.

    "about players bullying other players and doing some pretty bad things and he looked the other way. He had alienated several prominent UCLA alumni"

    I hadn't heard that. I understand the firing now though! Thanks, T-12

  • Tenn12 Orem, UT
    March 24, 2013 9:26 p.m.

    I understand it. UCLA has consistently had great talent recently but doesn't have much to show. Plus, didn't you hear about the terrible things going on in the program that he ignored? It was a national story not too long ago about players bullying other players and doing some pretty bad things and he looked the other way. He had alienated several prominent UCLA alumni, so it is no surprise that he was let go and was seemingly quite deserving.

  • Two For Flinching Salt Lake City, UT
    March 24, 2013 9:00 p.m.

    Wow. I don't understand letting this guy go. His starting pg was out against Oregon and Minnesota. Who could possibly be unhappy with three final four appearances in the last 10 years?