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Ben Howland Out At UCLA

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Yahoo! Sports is reporting that UCLA is going to replace Ben Howland as it’s head basketball coach.

Howland’s dismissal comes on the heels of an 83-63 loss to Minnesota in the second round of this year’s NCAA tournament. The loss marks the fifth-consecutive season in which the Bruins have not advanced past the NCAA tournament’s opening weekend.

The 55-year old Howland, who took over at UCLA prior to the 2003-2004 season, was 230-105 in his ten seasons at the school. He guided the Bruins to three consecutive Final Four appearances, from 2006-2008, including a runner-up finish in 2006. Howland, along with Tom Izzo and Mike Krzyzewski were the only three active head coaches to bring teams to the Final Four in three-consecutive years.

With his 230 wins, Howland ranks second on UCLA’s all-time win list, behind John Wooden.

UCLA finished 25-9 in 2012-2013, including a regular season Pac-12 title, one of four that the Bruins won under Howland.

Prior to his tenure with UCLA, Howland had head coaching stints at Northern Arizona and Pittsburgh.

In his 19 years as a head coach, Howland has accumulated a career 398-205 record.

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