Idoit40fans wrote:5 seasons of early exits is impatient? Had he not had an elite program the prior 3 seasons, i'd buy that, but when you go from great for 3 years to mediocre for 5 years, hard to call that impatient. Results-oriented maybe. The firing of Howland is far closer to sanity than extending Dixon for another decade.
Howland spent 10 seasons in Westwood, finishing with a 233-107 record.
Howland had the longest tenure of any UCLA BB coach since a guy named John Wooden.
Howland is coming off an outstanding coaching performance, with the Bruins winning the Pac-12 Conference regular-season championship.
Howland won his fourth conference championship, more than any UCLA coach other than John Wooden.
It didn't help the Bruins' postseason chances when freshman guard Jordan Adams broke his right foot in the Pac-12 tournament semifinals.
Freshman Shabazz Muhammad went through a lengthy NCAA investigation, and wasn't cleared to play until three games into the season. Freshman Tony Parker had a series of injuries and was slow to develop. Junior guard Tyler Lamb and junior center Joshua Smith, who battled weight problems, transferred in November, sapping the Bruins' depth. Smith was also UCLA's most formidable inside player.
Guerrero, ULCA's AD, said that "I evaluate a coach on a number of other things besides wins and losses. I looked at the entire program, where we were and especially where we're headed. Now was the appropriate time to make a change and get a fresh start."
Which is to say, it's all about money.
The Pauley just went through a renovation that cost $138 million. The renovation put a lot of pressure on UCLA to sell season tickets. But with a per-ticket donation to the Wooden Athletic Fund ranging from $100 to $17,000 for priority seats, that task proved difficult.
"There are a number factors that dictate whether people come to games or not," Guerrero said. "We obviously do need to generate as much fan support as we can, get people in the seats."
If I'm not mistaken, "The Pete" is almost always sold out right?
*That's* the major reason Dixon still has a job and Howland doesn't, not their respective Tourney Win/Loss records.