UCLA fires Howland

The Sports Xchange
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UCLA announced on Sunday that it has dismissed basketball coach Ben Howland, who took the Bruins to three consecutive Final Fours during his 10 years at the school.
The school released a statement, saying athletic director Dan Guerrero informed Howland of the decision on Sunday afternoon.
"I want to thank Ben for all that he has done for UCLA in his ten seasons in Westwood," Guerrero said in the statement. "He embraced our tradition and culture and produced some terrific teams and coached a number of wonderful young men. We wish Ben and his family all the best as they move onto a new chapter in their lives."
The Bruins won the regular-season Pac-12 title this season, but lost in the conference tournament finals to Oregon. Jordan Adams, the team's No. 2 scorer, broke his foot in the semifinal victory and did not play in the loss to Oregon or in the 83-63 loss to 11th-seeded Minneosta in UCLA's opening game of the NCAA Tournament.
The Bruins finished the season 25-10, and Howland had a 10-year record of 233-107.
He won four conference titles in the past eight years and took the Bruins to the Final Four in three consecutive seasons from 2006-08. UCLA got to the NCAA title game in 2006, losing to Florida in the finals.
But the Bruins have won only two NCAA Tournament games since 2008. They missed the NCAA Tournament in two of the three previous seasons, and had a losing record in 2009-10.
"I have been blessed with the opportunity to coach at UCLA for 10 years and I will always be grateful to Dan Guerrero and Chancellors [Gene] Block, [Norman] Abrams and [Albert] Carnesale for the opportunity to coach and teach our players and work alongside tremendous coaches," Howland said in the statement. "The UCLA community and fans have been unbelievable to my family and I, and it's been an honor and privilege to represent this great institution. I look forward to what comes next."
Howland had been hired at UCLA after having success at Pittsburgh, going 28-6 and 28-5 in his final two seasons there.

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