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I've one of Howland's critics over the years. There is a lot to like about Howland. He teaches toughness, rebounding, and low stance defense. Basically, he was the "anti-Lavin". He was every thing that Lavin was not.
However, he is NOT the perfect coach if UCLA wants to vie for a National Championship year in and year out. He is NOT a good X's and O's coach. In my mind this past year was his BEST year coaching raising the play level and intensity with young budding stars and some NCarolina castoffs. He made them players. But even then it was NOT enough. He needed to more and he didn't get it done.
Impossible in this day and age in basketball to play ZERO zone. It's a way to change momentum and game flow.. WITHOUT calling a timeout. Imagine.
I haven't forgotten the allegations made in S.I. article.
Of course this presupposes that we have a chance with a coach who will be an improvement, a young rising star. Brad Stevens, Shaka Smart. What's Tubby Smith doing? That would be an improvement.
What do you guys think?
Think he's a goner. Nice knowing you Ben.
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