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"Ben doesn’t need help coaching," said Mathews. "My main focus is to get the best players available for him to coach..."

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Contrary to common perception, 59 year old Phil Matthews has been hired not to provide any coaching assistance to Ben Howland, but to be the chief recruiter. Can a 59 year old who has been a Nebraska assistant the past 4 years be counted on to bring in the top level talent UCLA needs? Prior to Nebraska, he spent 10 years as head coach of the Universtiy of San Francisco, I am not aware of a significant recruit he brought into either program in those 14 years. Either Ben is crazy like a fox, or this move is really, really strange.

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