Former UCLA legend Bill Walton is an acquired taste when it comes to his broadcasting career.
Some find his broadcast style to be grandiose while others (like myself) think he’s a breath of fresh air who isn’t afraid to speak his mind.
For example, Walton didn’t hold back during Thursday’s ESPN broadcast of UCLA vs. Washington. Attendance at Pauley Pavilion was sparse to say the very least and Walton pointed the finger directly at Bruins head coach Ben Howland.
Via The Big Lead:
Pasch: “OK, well, that’s obvious. How do you play better basketball?”
Walton: “Better style.”
Pasch: “Alright, so, is that the coach? Is that the players?”
Walton: “It’s the coach.
Pasch: “So you’re not a Ben Howland fan?”
There are a number of reasons why Howland isn’t popular in Westwood these days (not ranked in the Top 25, number of transfers over the years, failed to make the NCAA Tournament two out of the last three years) and with such a prominent alum like Walton calling him out on national TV, it’s only a matter of time before UCLA athletic director Dan Guerrero is faced with a tough decision.