Found March 01, 2012 on Aaron Torres Sports:
First off, let’s all agree on one thing: That “scathing” report Sports Illustrated released on Wednesday about UCLA basketball really wasn’t that scathing at all. For those of you who don’t know what I’m talking about, well, on Tuesday word broke that SI’s George Dohrmann- who’d previously won a Pulitzer Prize for his expose on Minnesota basketball nearly 15 years ago- was said to be working on a monster story that was set to take down UCLA basketball. Like your favorite episode of The Sopranos, this report was supposed to have it all: Drug-abuse, in-fighting, players out of control, and if you read the tea leaves correctly, hints of enough violations to cause an NCAA investigation. While details were sketchy at best, it sounded really bad, especially for UCLA fans. After all, it’s one thing to know you’ve got knuckleheads on your team, like UCLA’s had through the years. Heck, it’s another even to know that your guys might be breaking the law; as fans we’ve learned to live with tha

Reeves Nelson says SI took apology out of context, almost all stories are false

Reeves Nelson already had a bad reputation for being kicked off the UCLA basketball team for poor behavior, but what remained of it was shredded by a damning article published in Sports Illustrated this week. Reeves reacted swiftly and hired a lawyer who sent a letter to SI demanding a retraction. He continued the damage control with an interview on NBC Los Angeles...

UCLA Basketball Slammed in Sports Illustrated, What’s Next?

Sports Illustrated’s bombshell of (slightly overblown) revelations about UCLA’s men’s basketball program and it’s coach, Ben Howland, is a bigger public relations nightmare than it is anything that will get the program into specific trouble. It tells sordid tales of players partying, disrespecting the coaches, and (in the case of in-house psychopath Reeves Nelson) injuring...

Reeves Nelson hires lawyer who demands retraction from SI for pointing out Reeves was jerk

Sports Illustrated did in one article what Ben Howland could not accomplish in three years: hold Reeves Nelson accountable for being a jerk. SI exposed Nelson for being a bully who injured teammates during practice, fought them, and intimidated them, all without coach Ben Howland saying anything. Howland chose to play Nelson over other talented players, causing at least one player...

America thinks Reeves Nelson is a Punk, so SI shows he is a Punk, now Reeves Nelson fights (again)

"Why you hating, SI? Thought you wanted to just make it seem like Ben Howland and the Athletic Director are evil, not me. Lawyer up and prepare for some seize and desist, even though you already put it in a magazine that has been sent out to thousands." - former UCLA Bruins player Reeves Nelson More Information

Report: UCLA hoops program in disarray

Players and staff members from the past four UCLA basketball teams say that coach Ben Howland allowed an influx of talented but immature recruits to undermine team discipline and morale as the once-proud program has struggled to live up to its storied history, Sports Illustrated reported Wednesday. The report on Sports Illustrated's website, which says SI spoke with more than...

Sports Illustrated Story On UCLA Basketball Exposes Ben Howland’s Lack of Control

Society, we’re in trouble. No, I’m not talking about the news that Snooki has a bun in the oven. (But that, too, is reason to believe that the world has gone mad.) No, I’m talking about drama other than the type that lives down at The Shore. There’s a problem at the University of California Los Angeles, and mens’ basketball coach Ben Howland is at the problem’s epicenter...

SI article on UCLA tells us what we already knew: bad characters, Ben Howland’s lack of discipline took down program

SI spent a few months interviewing players to write an article about the struggles of the UCLA basketball program the past few seasons. The article was hyped as an “expose,” but it turned out to be nothing more than a strong historical account of what led to the team’s struggles. The article also told fans very little that they didn’t already know, reinforcing the notions...

UCLA Basketball: a leaderless program in chaos, says SI report

The debate about whether or not UCLA Bruins head coach Ben Howland is on the hot seat is about to end. Now that a new Sports Illustrated study has been released, which profiles physical fighting between players, rampant alcohol and drug abuse, and most importantly, Howland’s aloof, hands-off approach, he may want to start enhancing his resume. According to the AP, the past four...

How UCLA Basketball Moves Forward

  If you are a college basketball fan on any level I am sure you have already heard the breaking news regarding the coveted UCLA Basketball Program. As a current UCLA student and life-long Bruin fan, this news was very disheartening to hear. There have been rumors for several days now that Sports Illustrated’s George Dohrmann (Pulitzer Prize winner) was going to drop a bomb on...

UCLA’s Program Reportedly in Disarray

by David Cassilo / @dcassilo The once proud basketball program of UCLA has become one riddled with drugs, fighting and no discipline, according to a story in Sports Illustrated. Under head coach Ben Howland, players have reportedly done things from taking Ecstasy to berating assistant coaches. Physical attacks on players during practice have occurred and many once-heralded recruits...

Episode 8: The Dish With Lazeric Jones

Senior Lazeric Jones of the UCLA men's basketball team presents the latest episode of his weekly video blog, "The Dish with Lazeric Jones." UCLA hosts its final two home games this week at the Los Angeles Sports Arena.

VIDEO: Players after Win

David Wear and Lazeric Jones talk about whether this was UCLA's best performance of the year, and if they were responding to the SI Article with their performance...

Don't judge Howland by Wooden standards

Listening to UCLA basketball coach Ben Howland on Wednesday's conference call, I couldn't help but think that his great admission of guilt came unwittingly, disguised as a platitude. "Our expectations at UCLA are the very highest in the country," he said. "For us, it's disappointing. We want to win championships. Championships are what UCLA is all about...

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The Fall of Howland

Hell of a damning piece on Ben Howland and the turmoil at UCLA. No real scandal. No recruiting violations. Nothing really that I would consider outrageous behavior by the players — outside of Reeves Nelson — to suggest an institutional issue. And the defense from former players is underway. Nonetheless, it is a piece that makes Ben Howland look really, really bad. A piece that...
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