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After reading through the litany of misdeeds and internal issues that coach Ben Howland seemed to overlook while watching his UCLA program decline, I couldn't help but think of one of John Wooden's great maxim's for success: "It's the little details that are vital. Little things make big things happen."
Charles Haub III, Haverford, Pa.
It is hard for me to believe that an experienced coach like Howland would sit back and allow some bad apples to take over his program (Not the UCLA Bruins Way). A guy as disruptive as Reeves Nelson should have been booted from the team the first time he deliberately injured another player.
Jacqueline P. Kelly, Fort Myers, Fla.
As a former manager at UCLA under Coach Howland from 2003 to '05, I was very disappointed by what I consider to be an inaccurate portrayal of both him and his character. Everyone seems to forget that this is the same guy who led the Bruins to three consecutive Final Fours (2006, 2007 and 2008) and to the NCAA championship game (2006). While the program has gone through a rough patch, I just don't think enough blame is being placed on the guys who were the troublemakers. They were the real cause of the problem.
Brett Tashman, Los Angeles
John Calipari's one-and-done approach at Kentucky (SCORECARD) is a prime example of how in some cases there is rarely any "college" taking place in collegiate sports. Allowing one-and-dones turns universities into minor league farm systems for the NBA, thus negating the underlying purpose of even having student-athletes.
Eric Schmitt, New Carlisle, Ohio