Nelson, who allegedly urinated on Tyler Honeycutt's clothes when he suspected Honeycutt had ratted out a plan to rent a party bus on New Year's Eve, continued to be a problem. He regularly verbally abused assistant coaches and staff members and on one ocasion, kicked balls into the stands after practice and told the team's managers to "fetch," according to the report.
"After each of the incidents, Howland looked the other way. One team member says he asked Howland after a practice why he wasn't punishing Nelson, to which he said Howland responded, 'He's producing,' " the Sports Illustrated story reads.
The problem is Howland is such a perfectionist that he tries to do too much of the coaching himself and doesn't really accept much from the coaches on the sidelines. At least during games. I've seen him simply shoe [sic] guys away, not even considering their opinion.
[t]he Bruins' proud program finds itself at another crossroads. After another disappointing loss, UCLA fans aren't asking when this team will get better, when it will congeal, when the talent will shine through, when Joshua Smith (who is playing better) will finally become dominant. They're asking different questions now: Why isn't this team improving? Why isn't Howland doing a better job? How soon can we move on? How soon can we hire someone new?
9. Arizona, upholding the battered honor of the West: The Wildcats made a stirring NCAA tournament run in March and look primed for a full-time return to national prominence. They lost presumptive top-five pick Derrick Williams, but retained coach Sean Miller after his flirtation with Maryland. Miller is the total package and will have Arizona at the top of the Pac-12 for as long as he stays.
And really, somebody from out West needs to represent. BYU and San Diego State had their turns this past season, but don't count on seeing a repeat of those special seasons. With all the early defections to the NBA, the newly expanded Pac-12 looks like it will be embarrassingly weak again.
"I think it will always be Butler recruiting," Telep said. "Just because they have a bigger profile doesn’t mean that they’ll skimp on their core values and recruit a bunch of different kids. You may see them going after a couple guys who are a little bit higher level, but for most part I can see Brad Stevens being true to his model.
"I believe the Butler Way is what has gotten them to this point. You might find that over the course of a few years they’ll do what Gonzaga has done -- stick their nose in with some higher-profile guys, but I don’t think Brad Stevens will trade talent for the proper fit for his program -- ever."
The remaining squads are champions of many key elements of the [Classic - BN Ed.] Howland Doctrine: a heavily-involved coach, a preference for lesser talented but more experienced players, a more deliberate half-court offense and tenacious defense.