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Archives: Feb. 2012


Sports Illustrated’s investigative story on UCLA is out and isn’t kind to Ben Howland


UPDATED: Here’s some reaction story from the local media … LA Times …. ESPN LA … and  OC Register.

I just finished reading George Dohrmann’s lengthy investigative story on the issues in the UCLA basketball program. It’s an interesting read. Is it damning of the UCLA program? No, it’s more of an indictment of Ben Howland and his handling of the program, his more talented players – specifically Reeves Neleson and the future.

The allegations of drinking and drug use by players isn’t eye-popping. Every team in college basketball deals with that. No matter how talented

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Trouble brewing for Ben Howland and UCLA

The excellent blog Sports By Brooks first reported that Sports Illustrated is about to release an expose’ about UCLA, particularly drug problems within the program.

SI will post the story to its website sometime Wednesday morning.

UCLA head coach Ben Howland, who is already facing a lot of heat for how bad the Bruins have been this season and the Reeves Nelson fiasco, will take even more criticism. Howland was asked about the upcoming story in his presser today (video above).

How bad will this story be? Who knows. But could it

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OSU’s Craig Robinson reprimanded by Pac-12 for criticizing officiated after Sunday’s game

The Pac-12 issued a statement saying that Oregon State University coach Craig Robinson has been reprimanded by the Pac-12 conference for criticizing the officiating after the Beavers loss to Oregon on Sunday.

Reprimanded = fined.

Here’s the video of it  and here’s a story about it from the Gazette Times

Here’s the statement from commissioner Larry Scott.

“The Pac-12 has specific rules that prohibit our coaches from making public comments about officiating, and this prohibition specifically includes comments that create doubts about the credibility of the conference’s officiating program. The conference expects each Pac-12 coach to

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Audio: Lorenzo Romar’s Tuesday press conference

Full audio:

Topics covered include:

  • Cal losing to Colorado
  • Did he know this team would reach this point early in the season
  • Did he know how it would happen
  • Looking at the conference perception
  • Are the Huskies an NCAA tourney team
  • Going to LA and the similarities to 2009
  • The  job Kevin O’Neill has done at USC
  • the meaning of winning a regular season title
  • Possibly winning shares of either the regular season or tourney title for

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Coach of the year in the Pac-12: Why not Lorenzo Romar?

I got a tweet about this last night and really hadn’t put much thought into it. Then I heard Bob Rondeau discussing  it on KJR today as well. But with the season nearly done, the talk of postseason awards start being mentioned. And in looking at the best candidate for the Pac-12 coach of the year. I’m thinking that the winner should be — Lorenzo Romar. Based on the photo above, he should win every year.

Cynics will say that it’s because I cover UW, or worse that I’m Husky fan or a honk or whatever they are called. I think

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