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.