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Bill Walton Really Doesn’t Like Ben Howland

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?”

Walton: “No.”

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Reeves Nelson’s Sports Illustrated Lawsuit Dismissed

Former UCLA basketball player Reeves Nelson had his lawsuit against Sports Illustrated and senior writer George Dohrmann dismissed on Tuesday by Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Mary Ann Murphy.

According to Murphy, the current Los Angeles Lakers rookie had no case, citing to evidence of Dohrmann’s  numerous sources and research for the article that ran in March on the dysfunctional program under head coach Ben Howland. Nelson’s unruly behavior was featured in the article and was one of the reasons why he was dismissed from the UCLA basketball program and went undrafted in the 2012 NBA Draft.

“We have stood behind the reporting of our Pulitzer Prize winning writer since day one,” Sports Illustrated said in a statement. “We are pleased that after reviewing the case, the court agreed it should be dismissed.”

Sports Illustrated Drops the Hammer on UCLA

If you’ve wondered why the UCLA men’s basketball program has fallen from grace the last three seasons, George Dohrmann of Sports Illustrated has discovered the possible answer.

The Ben Howland regime in Westwood has been filled with rampant fighting, drinking and drug use — all while the head coach looked the other way a majority of the time.

Dohrmann spoke to dozens of players and former staff members from the last four seasons. But the true star in this lengthy piece is former Bruin Reeves Nelson:

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Daily Bruin Reflects on 50-0 Loss to USC

For USC fans, Saturday night at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum was the perfect ending to the 2011 season as the Trojans defeated their crosstown rivals 50-0.

For UCLA fans, they were left wishing their season was over, but the Pac-12 South “champs” will travel to Oregon for an opportunity to play in the 2012 Rose Bowl.

Daily Bruin columnist Ryan Eshoff reflected on his thoughts, which sums up how a majority of Westwood must be feeling Monday:

It was one of those games where the details don’t even end up mattering all that much. Sure, USC quarterback Matt Barkley put up gaudy numbers. Even Kevin Prince had, statistically, one of his more productive passing games. Usually, there’s some silver lining to be found in the numbers. Here, though, only one thing matters.

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