Originally posted on Fox Sports West  |  Last updated 12/6/11
UCLA forward Reeves Nelson has been kicked off of the team by head coach Ben Howland. It's been a rough start to the season for the Bruins (2-5) and an even rougher start for Nelson. "This continues a trend of very disappointing behavior by Reeves, said Howland in a statement. I personally have worked hard with him to illustrate the importance of the code of conduct for our student-athletes, as well as the ramifications for violating it. I am disappointed that he has continued to fall short of my expectations." There is no timetable for the reevaluation of Nelsons status with the team. It has been a turbulant season thus far for the junior forward who has already been suspended for a game for "conduct unbecoming of a member of the UCLA basketball team." After being reinstated to join the team for their trip to Maui, Nelson missed the team bus and flight to Hawaii, causing him to be suspended for the first half of the Bruins win over host Chaminade. Howland gave his forward a mulligan for oversleeping saying that it wasn't in his character and Nelson is "a morning person." What Howland hasn't been apologetic for is Nelson's attitude or effort. Nelson was benched the entire second half of the Bruins' loss to Texas last Saturday. Howland and his staff were livid after Nelson was late to give help on a dunk by Clint Chapman at the end of the first half and the decision was made at halftime that he wouldn't play the rest of the game. "He missed a defensive assignment late in that first half where (Chapman) got a dunk where we just didn't come over and help. It was really frustrating because everybody saw it coming on the bench," Howland said following the loss to Texas. Howland continued: "It's him, it's his mental part. He had a couple of practices that were, again, not great leading up to this game. "Reeves hasn't played to how he's capable of playing for various reasons and a lot of it has been his attitude," said Howland. "You play in the game how you practice." The team has yet to make an official statement. Howland is scheduled to meet with the media this afternoon for his weekly press conference.
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Rick Reilly sends awkward tweet during Super Bowl 50

Eli did not look thrilled after Peyton locked up Super Bowl

Peyton Manning ‘going to drink a lot of Budweiser’ after win

Panthers' Josh Norman crying after losing Super Bowl

Where Peyton Manning ranks among Super Bowl era QBs

Peyton Manning declines to comment on possible retirement


Mike Carey not heard from again after being wrong earlier

Von Miller forces Cam Newton fumble to secure Super Bowl win

With cryptic tweet, did Marshawn Lynch just hang up his cleats?

NFL shows off every Super Bowl MVP in history

Jordan Norwood breaks off longest punt return in Super Bowl history

Beer company trolls Seth Rogan after Super Bowl commercial

Five biggest boneheaded plays of Super Bowl 50

WATCH: Cam Newton gives questionable effort to recover fumble

Lions say Calvin Johnson's future still not determined

How Louisville basketball bungled their self-imposed ban

Ted Ginn Jr. whiffs on football twice on one play, results in Panthers turnover

Kony Ealy makes one-handed interception of Peyton Manning

Mike Carey gets another call wrong on incomplete pass in SB

Steph Curry beats Panthers' "Keep Pounding" drum

Did Beyonce almost fall down during Super Bowl halftime show?

WATCH: Panthers' Jonathan Stewart leaps over pile for TD

Aqib Talib commits three awful penatlies in first half of SB

WATCH: Broncos score TD after Von Millers sacks Cam Newton

WATCH: Luke Kuechly sacks Peyton Manning

College Basketball News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Eli doesn't look thrilled as Peyton wins Super Bowl

Did Beyonce almost fall down during Super Bowl halftime show?

Curry to serve as drummer for Panthers

Report: Marshawn Lynch plans to retire

The 14 biggest plays in Super Bowl history

Five outrageous predictions for Super Bowl 50

QUIZ: Name the winning starting quarterback from every Super Bowl

The top six matchups that could decide Super Bowl 50

Seven unheralded players set to make major impacts in SB 50

10 underrated performances in the NBA Slam Dunk Contest

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Follow Yardbarker