So it?s cool that some of the writers in the traditional media (nationally) are catching on to the story about Coach Howland's phenomenal job in Westwood. Good for them. NBCSports's Micahael Vintre has a commentary up on how Coach Howland has done a Wooden like job:
What Howland has done is preach defense, the rugged brand of tenacious defense that served him well at Pittsburgh but which often scares off potential recruits who are afraid of hard work and sacrifice and instead seek glory through dunks and ESPN highlights.
Because Howland brought his philosophy to Westwood rather than modify it to suit the expectations of others, the program has solidified around him. This UCLA team feels real because it has an identity and a purpose.
Specifically where Vintre totally loses it when he asserts this notion that somehow there were a whole hosts of critics out there in Westwood just waiting to demand Howland's head. Apparently Howland has saved himself from some kind of "lynch mob" of disgruntled alum and media critics by putting together his first complete season:
In other words it is kind of cheap for a national media writer to assert somehow Howland has escaped a lynch mob in Westwood just because of this great season. The guy sells the Bruin basketball community of alums, students, season ticket holders totally short by saying we are not sophisticated enough to understand the great coach we got in Howland when UCLA hired him from Pittsburgh. Howland came here on solid ground because of the great track record he brought along with him based on his successes in two previous programs. We got that. We were unhappy and disgusted with Lavin because he was destroying a program while demonizing the fan base, and currently a huge number of us are unhappy with the football coach because he has underachieved by any objective standards during his first three years in Westwood.
Anyways, UCLA basketball is in fine shape and we did not need yet another national reporter too lazy to do simple research to tell us that. And speaking of lazy, clueless, sportswriting hack make sure to check DrumFool's post on this assclown from ESPN. Yes ... according to Andy Katz, one of ESPN's star college basketball observers Coach K's Steve-16s are equivalent to Coach Wooden's National Championships. There you go ... conventional wisdom brought to you by today's lazy and idiotic traditional sports media. Too bad not every sports reporter can obseve/think/write like a Frank Burlison or Brian Dohn.
Thank God for Howland. GO BRUINS.