I am not a "Bruin Basher" or a "Howland Hater."
I am not a "Pot-Stirrer," and the voices in my head told me that I'm not delusional.
I am well aware that UCLA has won three straight games, the last one being against Cal-Davis on Saturday to bring the Bruins to .500 for the first time this season.
It is very possible—even likely—that Ben Howland's erratic group will beat both Cal-Irvine (2-8) and Richmond (6-5) before opening Pac-12 play on the road against Stanford and Cal.
But all of this doesn't change a few things:
The Bruins are homeless, having to play all of their "home" games at either the L.A. Sports Arena or any of a number of SoCal venues until the venerable Pauley Pavillion receives its makeover.
Ben Howland had to dismiss his best returning player, Reeves Nelson, for a variety of behavior issues.
Howland's last two-plus years have been lackluster to say the least (42-34).
In early November, before the Bruins got off to their 2-5 start, I asked the question, "Is it too early to put Ben Howland on the hot seat?"
There's a lot of ball to play in the 2011-12 season, but if things don't improve throughout this year, I maintain that Howland could be on the hot seat.
Here are six coaches who would be legitimate replacement candidates if UCLA decides to move on and fire Ben Howland at the end of this season.