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UCLA Head Coach Ben Howland Reportedly Set to Be Fired on Sunday

Brendan Maloney-USA Today Sports

In some rather expected news, it appears that UCLA head coach Ben Howland is set to be fired on Sunday.

According to a report from Yahoo! Sports, UCLA is expected to announce their decision to dismiss Howland just two days after being eliminated in the Round of 64 by 11th-seeded Minnesota.

The rumors and unstable job security that had surrounded Howland all season long comes to nobody’s surprise following the issues that this past year’s recruiting class had. In terms of adding injury to insult, Howland’s Bruins this season were rather disappointing considering their talent level.

A strong group of veterans and newcomers virtually faded on and off at times, despite the clearance of star freshman Shabazz Muhammad just three games into the year. This incoming freshman class was expected to be the turning point and resurgence for the Bruins’ programs, but it’s simply been a circus here in 2012-13 under Howland’s guidance.

From Muhammad’s eligibility issues to Josh Smith‘s transfer, UCLA has undergone another disappointing season. This, of course is in relation to the fact that the Bruins boast one of the most historic and tradition-rich programs in college basketball history.

The list of potential suitors for Howland will certainly run deep, so let the rumors begin. Just hours after VCU‘s elimination from the NCAA Tournament on Saturday, Rams’ head coach Shaka Smart, who is one of the most highly sought after names in the country, was already being rumored to the job.

We will wait to hear more from this point on, but Howland is reportedly out in UCLA and the search for a replacement may already be underway.

 

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