Feb 25, 2012; Tucson, AZ, USA; UCLA Bruins head coach Ben Howland cheers on his team in the first half of a game against the Arizona Wildcats at the McKale Center. Mandatory Credit: Chris Morrison-US PRESSWIRE

UCLA Basketball: An SI writer is releasing a story about UCLA players’ alleged drug abuse


For the entire UCLA basketball season, we’ve moaned and complained about how Ben Howland is stuck in his ways while debating back and forth just how much Howland deserves to come back.

All of a sudden, though, the current issue at hand is about to dwarf all of that, and may lead us all to a decision to ask for Howland’s dismissal. According to CBS L.A., Sports Illustrated is going to let UCLA have it:

Sports Illustrated is expected to release an ‘extremely negative’ article on Wednesday about the UCLA Bruins men’s basketball team under coach Ben Howland.

The article is reportedly written by Pulitzer Prize winner George Dohrmann, and  is rumored to include an allegation of abuse, in addition to rampant drug use by players under Howland.

If true, this is going to be terrible and it’ll leave a black mark on an otherwise clean tenure by Ben Howland.

Of course, we must be skeptical of these allegations, too. Too many times do we see writers conjure baseless accusations to gain some widespread recognition, and this Doormat guy might be won of them. Just because he’s a Putlizter Prize winner, doesn’t mean whatever he says must be taken at face value.

I have no idea what’s going to be in this article, and I’m scared as hell to find out. However, hopefully most of what Doormat is saying is baseless and the dude gets dismissed from S.I.

If not? Then it’ll be a sad day in Westwood, knowing one of the most storied programs in the nation has been given a black mark.

 

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  • USMale7

    I just read the SI article.  Well written piece. There are no NCAA violations here. No great scandals like USC or Ohio State suffered through.  It’s about some really piss poor coaching decisions and player management.   Howland has lost control of the program.  That alone is reason enough to terminate Howland and get an able, UCLA worthy coach.

    • carlosatUCLA

       @USMale7 I agree. I just put up a post about the S.I. article.
       
      It’s really damning knowing how poorly Nelson was treated. That is to say, it’s horrible knowing he was never reprimanded for being the sick, twisted little child he is. Howland let him get away with SO MUCH.
       
      I really hope this is enough for Guerrero to resign and for Howland to get canned. I really do. The Final Fours aren’t going to change Howland’s egotistical-maniac demeanor.