After an awful season in which the UCLA Bruins were picked to win the Pac-12 championship in the preseason, and then came nowhere close to that in a season that featured the dismissal of Reeves Nelson, losses to Loyola Marymount and Middle Tennessee State and then a Sports Illustrated story highlighting all of his failings, Ben Howland will still be the coach of the Bruins next season.
UCLA athletic director released this statement …
“As I have stated before, at the conclusion of each sport’s season, a program and its coaches are evaluated. That evaluation includes a comprehensive review of the performance of the team, including its competitive success and its continued commitment to academics, but where other aspects related to the overall management of the program are also considered.
I had several discussions with Head Coach Ben Howland before deciding on what was best for the future of UCLA Basketball. Subsequent to these conversations, and in consultation with Chancellor Block, I have made the decision that the UCLA men’s basketball program will remain under Coach Howland’s leadership and direction.
Obviously, we are aware of the recent criticisms of our men’s basketball program; Ben understands full well that the management and oversight of the program needs improvement. He has assured me that, going forward, both the character and performance among our student-athletes will reflect the University’s values and the basketball program’s storied tradition. I believe that his overall record and performance proves he is more than capable of delivering on these assurances.”