Ben Howland could be on the hot seat again if UCLA doesn't make it into the NCAA Tournament for the second straight year.
After losing to Cal Poly at home early in the season, the Bruins seemed to shake themselves and start to get it together.
But they are in another rough patch, losing three of their last five, needing last-minute heroics from Larry Drew II to pull out a home win against Washington.
During Thursday night's television broadcast, UCLA legend Bill Walton took multiple shots at Howland as he called out the coach and held him completely responsible for the state of Bruins basketball. Scott Gleason of USA Today Sports provided the full on-air dialogue between Walton and play-by-play announcer Dave Pasch:
Walton: I'm not in charge. If I were, things would be different. ...They should just announce that everybody can come down closer and fill in the empty seats."
Pasch: "You've criticized the attendance now five times. Give me a solution. How do you fix it?"
Walton: "Play better basketball."
Pasch: "OK, well, that's obvious. How do you play better basketball?"
Walton: "Better style."
Pasch: "Alright, so, is that the coach? Is that the players?"
Walton: "It's the coach.
Pasch: "So you're not a Ben Howland fan?"
Later on the ESPN broadcast, Walton took his final jab at the program.
Pasche: "What's the next best option there for UCLA?
Walton: "Do they look like they're having a good time? Are they playing great basketball? Are they selling tickets? Is this an atmosphere that you would say, 'Yeah.' This looks like people are getting ready to go to the dentist."
Things aren't going too well if one of the best players in school history goes public with his disgust about how you are doing as a coach.