Ben Howland Responds to His Most Vocal Critic, Bill Walton

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Ben Howland Responds to His Most Vocal Critic, Bill Walton
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Unlike most of his peers who merely have to tune out criticism from hecklers in the stands or angry callers on sports talk radio, UCLA coach Ben Howland doesn't have it so easy. The most vocal critic of Howland is one of the greatest players in the history of the UCLA program and a guy the 10th-year coach grew up watching. Legendary center Bill Walton has used his new gig as an analyst for ESPN and the Pac-12 Network as a forum to attack Howland's coaching methods and highlight the need for a change in leadership. During Thursday night's broadcast of UCLA's 59-57 victory over Washington, Walton said he's not a fan of Howland's coaching and all but called for his firing.

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