Originally written on Rumors and Rants  |  Last updated 10/15/14
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 teammates on purpose. This is definitely not the kind of press UCLA wants for its struggling team. But what did we really learn from the article? That Reeves Nelson is a borderline personality? We already knew that. Sure, he was a very productive player for a year or so, but it was obvious even then that he was an a$$hole and was destined to get kicked out of the program at some point. Which he was during this season, by the way. So that problem is solved. It’s the same for pretty much all of the other problem players listed in the article. While Howland might have some trouble fighting off the partying ethos th...
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