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March 24, 2013

UCLA fires Ben Howland

UCLA has fired head coach Ben Howland after 10 seasons in Westwood, the school announced Sunday evening.

A national search for his replacement has already begun, as Howland was informed of the decision Sunday afternoon.

"I want to thank Ben for all that he has done for UCLA in his ten seasons in Westwood," UCLA Athletic Director Dan Guerrero said in a 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."

Howland took UCLA to three straight final fours from 2006-2008, and had a record of 233-107 in his Bruin tenure.

But transfers, lack of interest in his program from both fans and recruits, and a recent slide of bad losses and poor runs in the NCAA Tournament led to his firing Sunday.

"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 Block, Abrams and Carnesale for the opportunity to coach and teach our players and work alongside tremendous coaches," Howland said in a 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."


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