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Not to mention the locker room chaos with Reeves Nelson, et al.
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UCLA is dumb and deserves what they get.
I don't like Howland or his style, but come on.
I'd die laughing if they hired Josh Pastner. Can recruit. Can't coach.
I think they could have canned him after last year with less fuss. Instead they brought him back gambling that Baz and company would make a run and not wanting to see that class get away. Then that class won some games but just not enough. The guy couldn't stay because I don't see how he could recruit going forward as the rumors on him getting canned would only get louder.
And how bizarre and bad is it that Holmes came out and said that the program was so in the tank that they would consider it a very successful single year in college if Bazz could lead them to a single NCAA Tournament win? That's just...wow...
Plus, I believe there are some real questions about his control over the locker room anymore. Probably good for both sides to get a fresh start.
I've never been a UCLA fan, but I could get behind them at least a little bit if they hired the right coach and started doing things right. But probably not...
Live to love, love to live
I saw somewhere else that the AD has been nickel and diming so much that the basketball program has been flying on Southwest Airlines instead of charter flights for the last few years, too.
There was an amusing article in one of the smaller LA area papers today proposing Howland for USC.
That's almost as bad as Tim Floyd to USC...and that meeting has actually happened!
UCLA's 247 site aiming high with their hot list.
As expected, UCLA fired its coach Ben Howland on Sunday. The Bruins, however, are not wasting any time in their search for a replacement. We examine the initial options.
Lorenzo Romar would be a train wreck.
I think Donovan is impossible. If he was going to go he would have taken the Kentucky job I would think. Even without that consideration he is paid big money at Florida and no one bust his balls to bad for having bad to indifferent years about 40% of the time. He was able to go miss, miss, 10-seed with the NCAA's and get no flack at all really. Why leave for UCLA?
Stevens and Smart will set the market here. If they are ready to move up then UCLA is going to have to pay to be a player for them. Neither has to move and given the perception of UCLA I would demand a 7-year deal with no buyout clause in it to take those jobs if I were one of them. They will get something like that elsewhere if they move.
Buzz would be interesting but I don't think he will go there with his style. Not what UCLA is after. Smart makes the most sense style wise which for whatever reason seems important to them. Stevens would be much more like Howland style wise.
Certainly a sporty list...not sure I see why any of those coaches leave for any job, especially one that has a history of underpaying ("because we're who we are, you should be begging us to work for FREE!"), doing other program things on the cheap, and still having ultra-high expectations.
Some more good perspective about the UCLA job...
Dreaming big and reaching high are typically great qualities. So applaud UCLA for that, if you want. But it's exactly that -- the really lofty and mostly unreasonable standards -- that could make hiring Ben Howland's replacement more difficult than it ought to be.
"and yet he was fired Sunday merely two weeks after winning an outright Pac-12 title because the powers in Westwood believe they're still entitled to national championships"
That's not the reason they fired him. They fired him because of the embarrassement he's caused them. No one likes Howland or the style of play he brings. That style would be perfect for the B10 ten years ago... even if they're winning no one wants to go watch a game where the final score is 47 - 45. In a town that has both the Lakers and the Clippers you'd better be putting up big numbers and showing off top notch players with star appeal.
Calapari could do well in this town. Bring in big recruiting classes, get some hollywood stars to show up at games. Have JZ hanging out with the players...
Howland didn't get fired because he's a loser, he got fired because he lost control of his players and he's boring.
Calipari WOULD be a great match for LA, just like he's a great match for the sadist UK fans.
Howland got fired because he didn't win enough to cover up for the fact that he's boring and didn't have control. The three Final Fours obfuscate the fact that he averaged only 23 wins per season over his 10 years, despite the horror show that the Pac 10/12 has been over that timeframe. They're always going to struggle to draw fans because LA has eleven billion other things to do at all times, many of which don't involve sitting in crazy traffic to make a 6PM tip. But the natives weren't restless over Howland's style in 2005-2008 when they won 97 games in three seasons and made the Final Four all three.
and Los Angeles has a problem with fan loyalty. There are a lot of people from somewhere else living in LA. I hear more about Kentucky, UNC and Duke living here than I do about UCLA and USC... Now days, with all the coverage on TV it's just easier to stay home and watch your favorite team on TV, and you're right, trying to get from the southbay to westwood for a 6PM tip off is more hassle than it's worth.
except, of course, ANY Pac 12 games (yeah, I realize they're on in the Pac 12 markets, but they're not nationally).
Pastner apparently just turned down USC.
USC better just lay low for a week or so unless they want to go way down the list. No one is going to do squat until they see what the fallout from the UCLA hire is.
Except me. I'll take that job tomorrow if they offer. :-)
They're going to wind up with Tim Floyd or Ben Howland.
When we have our first 247 meetup down the road, remind me to tell you guys about the time an AAU player accidentally dove into him from another court...and he about ripped my shoulder off to ask me about it.
Shaka turns down UCLA.
VCU head coach Shaka Smart has turned down an opportunity to join UCLA, informing the Bruins today that he'll be staying with the Rams, according to a source with direct knowledge of the situation.
That is a surprise.
I was talking to a few local guys, they seemed to think Brad Stevens was who UCLA was going after. I was still saying Shaka Smart. Looks like I was way off.
ESPN reporting negotiations between UCLA and Stevens.
Would be great. Out at UCLA his "brilliance" is kind of out of sight out of mind. The last place I want to see that guy is at Duke.
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