UCLA’s basketball got fired tonight. Why? It wasn’t because he didn’t win the Pac-12 regular season title. But one reason he was fired was the fact his own players and Bruins fans never got excited about him running the program outside of when he went to the Final Four.
Howland was not a people person. And in L.A., when you run a marquee program, you need charisma and some style. You can’t treat people like they owe you something.
Pete Carroll wrote the book on how to capture L.A. Howland never tried.