UCLA officially fires Howland

After refuting reports late Saturday night, UCLA has officially fired men’s basketball coach Ben Howland. He has been relieved of his duties effective immediately, the school announced Sunday evening, and a national search for his successor has begun.

“I want to thank Ben for all that he has done for UCLA in his ten seasons in Westwood,” athletic director Dan Guerrero said in a statement. “He embraced our tradition and culture and produced some terrific teams and coached a number of wonderful young men. We wish Ben and his family all the best as they move onto a new chapter in their lives.”

In the same statement, Howland said: “I have been blessed with the opportunity to coach at UCLA for 10 years and I will always be grateful to Dan Guerrero and Chancellors Block, Abrams and Carnesale for the opportunity to coach and teach our players and work alongside tremendous coaches. The UCLA community and fans have been unbelievable to my family and I, and it’s been an honor and privilege to represent this great institution. I look forward to what comes next.”

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  • Mark

    I am so happy!

    • maze949

      Does that mean you’ll stop being a little whiny b*tch? Probably not…

      • Mark

        After you…

  • drakejr

    You can’t say he wasn’t given a shot to turn things around. I really wish him the best, he can help some other program out there, but he no longer fit at UCLA.

  • Mark

    I have to give credit where credit is due–Jack seems to be the first reporter with the full story, including the quotes from the statement.

    • FreeShabazz

      Congratulations Trojan Mark! This must be such a big day for you.

  • ELA bruin

    Thank you Ben Howland for the great memories, three final 4. I think you got a bad deal. you win your regular season conference this year, lose what many say is your best player and get fired, no coach UCLA is interested in (Smart and Stevens) have the accomplishments that you had.

    • http://www.facebook.com/howard.fromberg Howard Fromberg

      2 tourney wins in 5 yrs!!!! Drove away how many players??? Got a bad deal??? Really????

  • atrojanedbruin

    Thanks for all the great work you’ve done at UCLA, Coach B! I wish you all the best in the future!!!

  • Lifelong Bruin Fan

    Thank you Coach Howland for some great memories and three legitimate shots at a national championship. You resuscitated our program after it had been driven into the ground. Best wishes for continued success wherever you go next.

    Although I am saddened how things ended, I am excited about reigniting the fan base to be fully behind a new coach to take UCLA back to the top.

    • http://amillennialist.blogspot.com Santiago Matamoros

      +1

  • http://www.facebook.com/howard.fromberg Howard Fromberg

    Florida gulf coast has as many tourney wins as UCLA the past 5 yrs!!! Enough said!!!