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Struggles Of Howland, UCLA Reveal Larger Problem Within NCAA Hoops

I woke up to a text yesterday from my good buddy Rass (the authority on all things college basketball) that said, “This story about Ben Howland and UCLA is incredible. It’s on today’s SI.”

Next I opened up Facebook and saw the story posted all over the walls of my Los Angeles network, and my mind swelled with anticipation of a tale of corruption, sex, drugs, rock n’ roll, with a possible appearance by several garden gnomes.

I opened up the story (the 50+ audience is picturing a newspaper or magazine; 50 and below are picturing a Google Chrome window…love technology) and set aside half an hour to read the in-depth feature about a UCLA program that has slipped from its historically astronomical standards. The story claimed to have spoken with several sources from recent UCLA teams and cataloged a trend of inappropriate, evil-spirited, and sometimes illegal activity that has plagued the program from 2008 until the present. Continue reading

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