Multiple sources have reported tonight that UCLA will fire men's basketball head coach Ben Howland. Yahoo's Jeff Eisenberg just tweeted the news.
Many have been calling for Howland's head for a while now, so this doesn't come as a total surprise. It is interesting to note, however, that Howland's firing comes despite taking the Bruins to three consecutive Final Four appearances between 2006 and 2008. His recent lack of success, which only includes two NCAA wins since 2008, culminated this season with a loss last night to 11-seed Minnesota in the Bruins' first game.
The Recruit Scoop also reported that VCU coach Shaka Smart is thought to be the leading candidate for the now-vacant head coaching position.