UCLA announces Ben Howland to return for ’12-13 season


Ben Howland isn’t going anywhere. Despite a 19-14 season that included an NCAA tournament miss, the dismissal of top player Reeves Nelson and an unflattering report by Sports Illustrated, the school announced that he’ll return as coach for the 2012-13 season.

“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,” Athletic director Dan Guerrero said in a statement.

Guerrero says he had numerous discussions with Howland before making the decision.

Howland’s current contract runs through the 2014-15 season.

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