Bruin Bites: Howland's Toast and Chianti Dan Must Go Edition

It's time that both of these guys be shown the exit door out of Westwood. Photo credits: Associated Press

It's Sunday evening, which sadly means a return to work tomorrow, which be exacerbated by the Niners' heart-breaking loss to Eli Manning's Giants in OT (BTW, thanks for blowing it Kyle Williams). Fortunately, the return to work also means we're as far away from Ben Howland's dumpster fire brand of basketball as possible (at least for the time being), which, much like Rick Neuheisel's vespa clown show, is in its final death spiral.

Yes, Ben Howland is finished, but we'll have more on that later. For two years, major questions have been surrounding Howland since the wheels came off the program. We've discussed the various problems surrounding Howland, but while it's clear Howland is our Jeff Tedford for hoops (good, but not great coach, who can build excitement, but never get to the top), the real problem is our idiotic athletic director, Chianti Dan Guerrero, and the sleazy bureaucrats he's surrounding himself with at Morgan Center.

Howland needs to go at the end of this season. He's a good coach, but this is UCLA: we don't hang banners or pat ourselves on the back for Final Four appearances. That weak stuff is for joke programs like U$C. This is Wooden's program. This is where kids like Jordan Farmar walk into Pauley Pavilion and know that only titles get hung in the rafters. Howland simply isn't going to get us there.

But here's the problem: after watching Chianti Dan bungle not one, not two, but three football head coaching searches, there is zero evidence that Chianti Dan won't completely f**k up a coaching search for Ben Howland's replacement. Fortunately, there is a simple (and long overdue) solution:

Fire Dan Guerrero. Replace him with someone who can competently hire an elite basketball coach to take UCLA back to its rightful place at the top of the college basketball world.

Yes, that's right. Chianti Dan doesn't get kudos for lucking into Jim Mora, who so far has been knocking it out of the park on the recruiting trail, hitting all the right notes (although we should temper the enthusiasm until he actually wins games on the field). The body of Chianti Dan's work leaves all of us with zero confidence that he can competently hire a new basketball coach.

It's time for Howland to get the axe. And it's time for Chianti Dan to go with him.

With that, let's turn to bits and pieces of news from around the UCLA-iverse at the end of the weekend:

Alright folks, those are your Bruin Bites for the end of the weekend. Hopefully, it'll give you something to read as you try to find distraction after the Niners' season-ending loss. Fire away with your thoughts in the comment thread.


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