Ben Howland has had his ups and downs as the head coach for the UCLA Bruins.
He has coached three of the most successful Bruins teams in the past decade from 2006-08 and also three of the more disappointing teams from 2009-2011.
He was the first UCLA coach since John Wooden to coach three straight Pac-10 Conference Championship teams. There is no doubt that he can be a great coach, but his underachieving teams of the past three seasons have made him look like a coach on the hot seat.
Although the previously-named Pac-10 (now the Pac-12) is one of the weaker major conferences in college basketball, Howland hopes to change that reputation. He may be a coach on the hot seat, but he knows how to recruit with the best of them.
This year's incoming freshmen have been dubbed the "Big 3," consisting of Kyle Anderson, Tony Parker and highly-touted Shabazz Muhammad.
Howland is the right coach for these three players, and here's why.