Former UCLA Head Coach Ben Howland Reportedly Interested in USC Vacancy

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After sixth-seeded UCLA fell to No. 11 Minnesota in the Round of 64, the speculation skyrocketed about head coach Ben Howland.

Actually the speculation was already there and it only took two days for the Bruins’ athletic department to make things official. UCLA fired Howland just last weekend, despite leading the university to three consecutive Final Four appearances from 2006 to 2008.

Over the course of the past week or so, UCLA has had some trouble gaining interest for the vacancy left by the Howland decision. Shaka Smart and Brad Stevens, the school’s top two targets, have both spurned the interest from UCLA.

As for Howland, he might not just be sitting back and waiting for his phone to ring.

According to Inside USC:

There you have it.

Why wouldn’t the Trojans be interested in Howland? You could hire the head coach of your hated rival after he was just fired despite three Final Four appearances? Sounds like an option that USC should think about at the very least. Not to mention, Howland is obviously very comfortable with the area from a living and recruiting standpoint.

The Trojans made the decision to fire head coach Kevin O’Neill late in the season. Interim head coachBob Cantu is still in charge, but the Trojans have been running their search for a new head coach for quite some time now.

Howland to USC? Well, it’s an interesting rumor, that’s for sure.

 

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