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Reports: Ben Howland to be fired by UCLA (UPDATED)

Mar 24, 2013, 10:02 PM EDT

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(UPDATE: As of Sunday night, it’s now official. Ben Howland has been fired by UCLA.)

According to multiple reports, Ben Howland has been notified that he is going to be fired as the head coach of UCLA.

Alex Kline of the Recruit Scoop was the first the news, but Adam Zagoria and Yahoo! Sports have since confirmed the news. An official announcement is expected either Sunday or Monday. This was the worst kept secret in college basketball. Howland, who had taken UCLA to three Final Four and who won the Pac-12 regular season title this year, was an unemployed coach working.

This move creates all kinds of intrigue heading into the next month, however.

Not only is the UCLA job now open, but the USC job is as well. USC isn’t a bad place to be, but the best selling point that it had over the last two months was that Howland, who had alienated seemingly everyone in Southern California, was the head coach.

Now it looks like he’s gone, and the guy that everyone thought USC was going after — Jamie Dixon — has reupped with Pitt.

Who eventually gets that USC job will be interesting, but it may depend on who UCLA is able to land. And seeing as there is an opening at one of the Blue Bloods, expect a lot of high-profile names to pop up. Shaka Smart, Brad Stevens, Billy Donovan, Mark Few.

You want an under the radar name?

How about Tad Boyle at Colorado. He’s proven that he can coach, taking the Buffaloes to back-to-back tournaments, and he’s done so by being able to recruit Southern California.

You can find Rob on twitter @RobDauster.

  1. seanb20124 - Mar 23, 2013 at 10:29 PM

    Thought the Shabazz signing was supposed to buy him a couple more years

  2. drewvt6 - Mar 23, 2013 at 11:52 PM

    I swear UCLA and the Lakers should just trade coaches.

  3. namriverrat69 - Mar 24, 2013 at 12:12 AM

    UCLA doesn’t have a coach to trade with the Lakers. Perhaps USC should sign Ben Howland as their new coach. He would have the inside skinny on beating UCLA so that is 2 games a year plus he beat Arizona 3 times to that is 5 wins a year guaranteed just like that.

    Too back Pitt signed jamie dixon because they might have wanted Howland back after today. UCLA is still looking for that one coach who will bring back the winning Wizard of Westwood years. It Ain’t Gonna Happen. I don’t mind watching UCLA try with every new coach. I grew up rooting for all of Woodens teams during a much simpler time.

    Now I root for players I like and the teams they play for. How times change.

    Good luck to everyone and their teams. May you find happiness and success as I have found with my Los Angeles Kings.

  4. arlingtonsynn - Mar 24, 2013 at 12:28 AM

    It will be interesting to see if UCLA can still leverage their blue blood history and try to draw either Brad Stevens or Shaka Smart.

  5. waterwild - Mar 24, 2013 at 1:03 AM

    By these rights, UK’s John Calipari should also be fired. And, perhaps, he should, given his fatal “one-and-done” strategy that will kill college basketball.

  6. imforbigblue - Mar 24, 2013 at 2:09 AM

    Give me a break the only reason UCLA is anything is because your title’s were all all bought and wooden was the biggest cheater in NCAA history and since he left UCLA has been nothing. Hell the team you bought this year couldn’t get it done now you have to start all over again lol

  7. wwttww - Mar 24, 2013 at 2:12 AM

    Billy Donovan?…..funny.

  8. iamjimmyjack - Mar 24, 2013 at 11:54 PM

    Shaka is a Trojan. Back off

  9. omniusprime - Mar 25, 2013 at 8:57 AM

    I think Howland’s firing is good news for UCLA only if they get a better coach to come in to replace him. Howland had alienated several good players the past few years and was just too abrasive. He did some good things for the program, like bringing it back from the dead, but lately he didn’t accomplish enough for such a storied program.

    Only idiots would propose the Bruins and Lakers trading coaches, both deserve to be fired.

    Go Bruins!!!

  10. gerryb323 - Mar 25, 2013 at 12:13 PM

    Gregg Marshall. Andy Enfield. Go with the hot hand!

  11. staff2cj - Mar 25, 2013 at 12:57 PM

    Larry Brown!!!!

  12. cranespy - Mar 26, 2013 at 8:53 AM

    Only job Cal would ever consider leaving Kentucky for…..to restore UCLA to dynasty status. With his recruiting acumen and the glow of Hollywood lights….Cal secures his future with 5or6 years and a couple of titles at UCLA before becoming HC of the Lakers to close his career.

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