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UCLA is now the program no coach wants

The UCLA Bruins and AD Dan Guerrero have struck out twice with coach Shaka Smart of VCU and Brad Stevens of Butler. The UCLA program has gone from one of the best jobs in the country to the program no one wants to coach.

How did this happen? John Wooden left a legacy that can over shadow at times but UCLA has location, winning tradition, and a great conference, the Expectations are to big. Just ask Ben Howland the recently fired Bruins head coach. Howland won more conference championships and went to more Final Fours then any other coach in UCLA history besides Wooden. Yet the team under performed the last four seasons they missed the NCAA tournament twice and just got blown out by the Minnesota gophers this year. Most teams would take that kind of success but not UCLA.

The landscape of college basketball is quite different then when Wooden was winning back to back to back championships. UCLA had two Atlantic 10 coaches on their radar and both chose that they would rather stay at their current schools of VCU and Butler instead of going to UCLA. At this rate they will have to hire a nobody from the streets to fulfill their vacancy. They will end up finding a coach and that coach will probably have a great resume but does this mean it will bring more success then Howland had, probably not?

College basketball is fickle. You have the one and done rule, players are choosing smaller schools, and there are a lot of great coaches in college basketball.  I see UCLA as a good job but is their such a thing as a great job, I think that it actually is only as good as the coach, fans and players make it.

 

 

 

 

 

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