UCLA Bruins head coach Ben Howland has had a disappointing past few seasons. The Reeves Nelson-saga really wore-on the UCLA program and brought the program down. It seems like the dark days are behind the Bruins and Howland, though. Thanks to a great recruiting class for the upcoming season, the Bruins are poised to make a PAC-12 title run and a run at a national championship. Howland has put the Bruins back on the map. Here’s why:
When I read what I read on ESPN.com about UCLA‘s basketball program and how head coach Ben Howland “lost control”, I was in COMPLETE disbelief. I didn’t know whether to believe some of the things I read in Peter Yoon’s story (that story can be found by clicking on this link ESPNLA,com). When it gets to the point where some of your players are showing up for practice hours after taking Ecstasy, you would have to think that the coach knew something was not right. I mean, you can tell when someone is drunk and/or high, so how are you not able to tell when someone is on a much more serious drug? I always thought of coach Howland as a tough, defensive-minded coach, who preached greatness on and off the court. While his teams often struggled to score on offense, they have never struggled making it to and in the NBA. Did you think that Jrue Holiday, Arron Afflalo, Kevin Love, Darren Collison, and Russell Westbrook would become good, great, or superstar players in the NBA?