UCLA lets go of Ben Howland

UCLA men's basketball coach Ben Howland has been relieved of his head coaching duties, per a press release from the UCLA athletics department Sunday evening.

From the release:

“I want to thank Ben for all that he has done for UCLA in his ten seasons in Westwood,” [UCLA AD Dan] Guerrero said. “He embraced our tradition and culture and produced some terrific teams and coached a number of wonderful young men. We wish Ben and his family all the best as they move onto a new chapter in their lives.”

In 10 seasons in Westwood, Howland compiled a 233-107 record, with seven NCAA Tournament berths, including a string of three Final Fours from 2006-2008.

“I have been blessed with the opportunity to coach at UCLA for 10 years and I will always be grateful to Dan Guerrero and Chancellors Block, Abrams and Carnesale for the opportunity to coach and teach our players and work alongside tremendous coaches,” Howland said. “The UCLA community and fans have been unbelievable to my family and I, and it’s been an honor and privilege to represent this great institution. I look forward to what comes next.”

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