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Should have happened two years ago when they weren't winning and a scandal came out but they finally pulled the trigger. Weird career there for Ben. When he arrived he was seen as an absolute beast joining arguably America's top 2-3 program. But it just never got off the ground.
I would assume Mark Few, Brad Stephens, and maybe Shaka Smart will have agents on the phone today.
He went to back to back Final Fours. I would say it got off the ground a little bit.
That program has a lot of baggage right now. Not sure who they can get. Brad Stephens would be the first coach I would call.
Yeah 3 final fours in a row at one point, it's all about what have you done for me lately.
I would keep an eye out for Josh Pastneur for the UCLA job.
I forgot it was 3 in a row. That is a hell of an accomplishment.
I googled him before I posted, he definitely had success but I guess the picture in my mind was like the Wright Brothers. The plane took off....flew....some expected it to climb but then it crashed.
Poor analogy, name other programs that have mad 3 final fours in a row. That said at UCLA you need to win a title.
Clearly not the same coach he was when he first took over UCLA. His message became really stale. My reaction when he got fired...
UCLA should hire Anthony Grant IMO
I would completely endorse that hire
Kentucky, Duke, Michigan State....
and UCLA has won ONE title in like 35 years. Not elite anymore IMO.
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Yup Pastner is a name to keep an eye on, he already has interest from USC.
Also, think Brad Stevens is waiting on Coach K to retire.
Just out of curiosity which programs would you consider elite right now?
I would say and probably forgetting one-two
OSU is close
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Duke, UNC, UK (not this year lol), Kansas, Florida, and Michigan State. I have them right in my 2nd tier. It's still a great job and they will more than likely be right back into the "Elite" if they land the right coach. Similar to UGA in football...if they had the right coach they would really take off.
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Gary Parrish @GaryParrishCBS 11h
UCLA has released a statement. "Contrary to multiple media reports this evening, UCLA has not fired men’s basketball coach Ben Howland.
Really surprised to see you guys include UF in the top tier. Yeah, we have an elite coach but that's about it. Florida has always and will always be a football school. The fan support is iffy, the O-Dome needs major upgrades, there isn't a lot of tradition, terrible conference, etc. We rarely ever win recruits when going head to head with the blue bloods.
I think UF is the first of the second tier. JMO
Dang, ESPN reports alot of crap but they rarely put stuff on the front page that's not confirmed.
I think if OSU actually wins one they might be considered elite.
I like being mentioned with the elite but I would have to agree.
FINE, I'll take them out
UCLA is elite, they are a blue blood. All the blue bloods go through tough times. With the right coach, UCLA will be back to competing at the top.
Do you live in Maine?
They have one good stretch of dominance (all bought and paid for by Sam Gilbert).
What have you done for me lately? Hell what have you done for me in the last 40 years? Not impressed.
3 Final Fours in a row a couple years ago. UK went through a stretch where you sucked, so did Indiana, so did UNC, it happens to everyone.
His point is they have had multiple runs over multiple decades. UCLA really hasn't had that.
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