LOS ANGELES (KTLA) — Ben Howland, former head coach of the UCLA men’s basketball team, held a press conference Monday afternoon, saying goodbye a day after his firing.
UCLA fired Howland Sunday, ending the longest Bruins coaching stint since the legendary John Wooden retired in 1975.
Howland served as the Bruins head coach for 10 seasons and finished his time with the team with a record of 233-107. He took the team to the Final Four in 2006, 2007 and 2008, but the Los Angeles Times reports his stock had fallen since then and needed to take the team deep into the NCAA tournament to save his job.
The Bruins lost their first game in the tournament Friday — falling 83-63 to Minnesota.
The Los Angeles Times reports that UCLA may seek a former NBA coach to fill the vacancy left by Howland’s dismissal.