From BruinReportOnline this morning:
UCLA is currently leaning toward replacing Ben Howland as its head basketball coach, and he could be let go before the end of the season, according to sources.
There is also an indication that UCLA has taken preliminary steps in investigating potential coaching candidates. …
This is not to say that it’s completely certain that UCLA will fire Howland, however. As long as Howland remains the coach, there is always the possibility that he could turn around the season and be successful enough to make it implausible for the UCLA administration to fire him.
In summary, the status is similar to most assessments of Howland’s future in Westwood. It still looks doubtful that he will be around in four months, but I’d still be surprised if UCLA fires him midseason. If Howland’s gone, the big names to go after are Butler’s Brad Stevens and VCU’s Shaka Smart, names that are tossed around for just about every marquee coaching vacancy. Both seem like coaches who could stick to their respective small ponds, but they’ve also named UCLA as one one of the premier programs in the country despite recent struggles.