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A good look back at the past

During my research for the post regarding KD's raise, I came across this article from two years ago, during BH's first year.  I was just thinking that it's nice to reflect on BH to see that he's the same coach that year as this year, so all the MSM ass-clowns and BH-haters/KD-lovers can see for themselves what most of us have known all along.

The article has GREAT quotes, not just from BH, but from DG and Don MacLean, like this one (emphasis mine):


At UCLA, the legacy is quite daunting. Lavin was fired even though he had gone to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA tournament five of his final six years with the Bruins. Howland will get at least a one-year honeymoon, perhaps two, thanks to the oddball collection of talent Lavin left him.

"That kind of faded away because of how Lavin left the program," said former UCLA center and All-American Don MacLean, the team's radio analyst. "There aren't any expectations. When [former UCLA coach Jim] Harrick was here, we were back to prominence. Now, it's like, hopefully, we can get in the Pac-10 tournament. That's sad by UCLA standards."

Howland is trying to raise the standard. He already has recruited four of the top 100 high school players in the country for next season, all from southern California. One of the recruits, Jason Farmar, is considered one of the top point guards in the country. Another is shooting guard Arron Afflalo, who averaged 26.2 points as a junior at Compton Centennial High School.

Quote from Jamie Dixon, BH's protege:


"One guy asked me, 'Do you think he'll get it done?' and I said, what's getting it done at UCLA? The last guy went to five Sweet 16s in six years and they wanted to fire him from day one. Is he the right guy for the job? Is he the best coach? Yes. That's for sure. He's the right guy for the job."

And of course, these changes aren't new at all.  They were evident even two years ago:


Still, compared to last season, the Bruins are much improved. MacLean, who played at UCLA from 1989-92, said the difference in their intensity, their discipline, is noticeable to anybody who watches them play every game.

And last, but not least, the glaring difference between BH's attitude towards coin, unlike some posers who don't need to be named for the millionth time (emphasis mine):


To be sure, Pitt tried to keep Howland. The university was prepared to up his annual compensation package from $850,000 to $1.3 million. He could have earned another $300,000 for winning the Big East title and getting to the round of 16 in the NCAA tournament. He also had a $1 million annuity that was payable if he stayed for the duration of the seven-year contract extension he signed in 2002.

In the end, though, all that money couldn't keep him at Pitt.

...

At UCLA, Howland is making significantly less money than he was at Pitt. His annual compensation is $950,000 with few incentives. If he would get fired, the remaining years on his contract would pay three times less than what he would have been paid under a similar situation at Pitt.

"It wasn't about the money, obviously," Howland said. "I had more security there. We had something really good there. I could have made more money at Pitt. But this is the only job I would leave Pitt for."

<em>This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of BruinsNation's (BN) editors. It does reflect the views of this particular fan though, which is as important as the views of BN's editors.</em>

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