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Sunday, May 20, 2018

Ben Howland sounds interested in Marquette job

Ben HowlandFormer UCLA basketball coach Ben Howland sounds like he is interested in the Marquette job that is being vacated by Buzz Williams.

Almost immediately after reports said Williams was leaving Marquette for Virginia Tech, college basketball reporters were tweeting about Howland and Marquette.

ESPN’s Jeff Goodman mentioned Howland along with two other names to watch out for with the job.

Howland’s name was mentioned by plenty of others, making it seem like he or his agent said something to those reporters.

And then there was this from ESPN’s Andy Katz, who specifically said that Howland wants back in the Big East:

Prior to coming to UCLA, Howland spent four seasons at Pitt where he led the Panthers to back-to-back sweet sixteen appearances and first-place finishes in the Big East. The Big East is not what it was now that UConn and Louisville are in the American Athletic Conference, and Pitt and Syracuse are in the ACC, but apparently it’s still attractive to Ben.

Howland took this season off after leading the Bruins from 2003-2013. His run at UCLA was highlighted by three straight Final Four appearances, but he was pushed out after failing to make it beyond the second round of the tournament the next five seasons.

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