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Who is Billy Donovan?

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Here's a story about our nemesis, coach Billy Donovan of Florida. Much as we dislike what he's done to the Bruins in the Tourney, it's worthwhile to learn about dynamics between him, his athletic director, and his university's president. While reading the article, it occurred to me how little we really know about Howland, Guerrero, and Block. Howland is practically a ghost off the basketball court. Guerrero is nowhere to be found outside of photo ops and buffets. Block hides out in the far corner of campus, ensconced in a second-floor office in Murphy Hall. We don't know what is truly important to these men, beyond the superficials of dollars and (maybe) victories. Do they care about integrity? Do they have a strong sense of purpose? How do they conceive of themselves as educators? Based on what we are able to observe, we would probably be disappointed to learn the answers to these questions, but it's troubling that they don't communicate in a way that would give us useful and positive insights. The linked article at least gives us an idea of what kind of a person Donovan is. By the way, scroll to the bottom of the article. Whose team appears in the photo right after the story of Donovan and the Gators?

Will Josiah Turner’s indefinite suspension become permanent?

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UofA Coach Sean Miller repeatedly disciplines a promising freshman, and doesn't wait 2+ years until he has an alternative to play his spot.

Howland Turns Negatives Into Positives

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CBS' Gary Parrish adds to the mounting evidence of what we call The UCLA Factor.

What Does the Artis Commitment Mean?

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Jon Gold does a nice brief analysis of how Artis fits with U.C.L.A. and Howland, and how his commitment may affect other top recruits.

Utah Jazz GM Praises UCLA's Howland

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Utah GM on Lee and UCLA: "First of all I think he has been so well coached and so well-schooled by Ben Howland. . . . He’s noted as a defender right now that’s the way to get in the league and get better at everything else. . . . He’s been so well coached. Just put him out there and watch him do the things he recognizes; both defensively and offensively. "

The "Next" Michael Jordan could come from under CBH

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Saw this,, and it really made me think of Ben Howland as far as developing Elite Talent is concerned, UCLA Players are practically a guaranteed success if they listen to CBH, and apply what he is teaching to their game. Not just betting on their Athleticism... UCLA players should be drafted higher the longer they work in Howland's system "Kerr added: "Michael had three years at North Carolina with Dean Smith. That makes a big difference. I think he was brought up at a time when there was probably better development at a young age in terms of coaching. I think LeBron is a product of the AAU system where you rely on your athleticism, you go and play 100 games a year but maybe you don't focus on your weaknesses and what you need to lock in on. "As a result, fundamentally and technically LeBron has some flaws. He has to address those. If I were him, I would spend all summer down on the low block shooting jump hooks and turnaround jump shots -- the entire summer.""

Duncan talks about why he left the Pinnacle for Wyoming

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The lure of UCLA, though, was something that not even Duncan could turn down. He considers that stint the pinnacle of his coaching profession, and the Bruins program the top in the game's rich history. He certainly enjoyed three NCAA tournament berths and one Final Four appearance alongside Ben Howland.

New basketball coach drums up student excitement

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Here's a great example of a coach leaving the gym, going around campus, and getting students behind his team. Lon Kruger of Oklahoma seems to "get it" when it comes to building a fan base. Maybe CBH and the Morgan Center will see articles like this and finally wake up, show some savvy, and shake up our sleepy student and alumni bases with practical ideas that people actually like.

Howland Celebrates His 22nd Win With Jon Gold

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HT to fresia39 for linking this in the post-game thread, as Howland makes good on his promise to Jon Gold if U.C.L.A. reached 22 wins this season. For all the ups and downs with this team, getting 22 wins after the 3-4 start is pretty nice. Let's hope the team can keep the ups going into postseason play.

Join Ben & Kim Howland For Special Event (8/27) Benefiting Research On Huntington's Disease

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Coach Howland and his wife, Kim, have been named honorary co-chairs of the 2nd Annual HDSA LA Hoop-A-Thon. The event will take place at Pauley on Friday, Aug. 27, 2010 from 6-10 p.m. Number of classic Ben Ball Warriors such as AA, RW, DC, and RH will be there along with some "surprise celebrity guests." UCLA is partnering up with the Huntington's Disease Society of America (HDSA) in an effort to raise money and awareness to find a cure for this devastating illness. The Hoop-A-Thon is a speed free-throw shooting contest. Sounds like fun. Check out details in the link above. GO BRUINS.

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