(Sports Network) - Contrary to multiple media reports, UCLA has not fired
men's basketball coach Ben Howland, the school announced on Saturday.
According to a Yahoo! Sports report, Howland was notified he was fired just
five years after leading the Bruins to their third consecutive Final Four.
UCLA, however, released a statement saying it has not fired Howland, who has
spent the past 10 seasons as head coach.
"Contrary to multiple media reports this evening, UCLA has not fired mens
basketball coach Ben Howland," said UCLA Athletics spokesman Nick
Ammazzalorso through a release.
The Bruins went 25-9 this season and won the Pac-12 regular-season crown, but
fell to Oregon in the conference championship. UCLA was then knocked out in
the second round of the NCAA Tournament by Minnesota.
Howland, who took over as head coach in 2003, has guided UCLA to a 223-100
record over that time and seven NCAA Tournament apperances.
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