UCLA player issues

Departed center Joshua Smith graced the cover of UCLA’s game program last night

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With the departure of junior center Joshua Smith, UCLA is down to eight scholarship players. But the news of Smith deciding to leave the program came too late for the people in charge of selecting a cover photo for the game program for Wednesday’s game against Cal State Northridge. Smith graced the cover of the [more]

What report? UCLA wins again, denies Washington outright Pac-12 title

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UCLA grabbed more media attention Saturday, but in a good way. In the days after an unflattering Sports Illustrated article was published, the Bruins posted their biggest win of the Pac-12 schedule and then denied Washington a chance at an outright league title. Not bad for a team “under fire.” Click here for more on [more]

UCLA routs Washington St. in first game since SI report

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Maybe UCLA’s players don’t read the news. Or maybe they motivated to play well for their coach. Either way, it worked. UCLA, playing its first game since an unflattering article about coach Ben Howland and his program emerged this week, had no trouble against Washington State Thursday night. And that might be an understatement. The [more]

Plenty of ex-UCLA players come to Ben Howland’s defense

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For a coach who reportedly either berates or ignores players, Ben Howland had more than a few of his former guys come to his defense the last few days. A Sports Illustrated story casts the UCLA coach in an unflattering light and prompted an immediate reaction – and fairly soft defense – from the school. [more]

Also coping with angry UCLA fans? Its athletic director

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Ben Howland isn’t the only under the microscope in light of unflattering reports surrounding UCLA’s basketball program. Athletic director Dan Guerrero also is fending off angry Bruins fans. And he should be. The news that Howland, UCLA’s coach since 2003, was an aloof figure to his players and ignored excessive alcohol and drug use among [more]

Bruins’ top recruit ‘still UCLA-bound in June,’ father says

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Some were waiting for the fallout from Sports Illustrated’s piece on the seemingly tumultuous state of Ben Howland’s UCLA program. But, for now, the ripple effect is well-contained. Kyle Anderson, the 6-8 guard/forward from St. Anthony (NJ) who signed to play for the Bruins, is firm in his decision to remain with UCLA, according to [more]