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UCLA's dominance of college basketball under John Wooden is a big part of of the game's history -- and maybe that's the trouble in Westwood. Butler's Brad Stevens has reportedly joined VCU's Shaka Smart in declining to pursue the vacancy that opened when the Bruins fired Ben Howland after 10 seasons and three Final Four appearances. Is UCLA still a dream job? Or has Wooden's legacy of multiple championships left behind unrealistic expectations?
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Things are getting ugly in L.A. With the Lakers getting off to a tepid start to the NBA season and USC football's dive from No. 1, many were looking to UCLA and its new talent to get back to the Final Four. If the first six games of the season are any indication, though, that expectation may be a little premature. The latest outing, in which the Bruins blew an 18-point second-half lead and lost to Cal Poly, has UCLA fans questioning coach Ben Howland. What does SportsNation think?
It's ... uh ... early?
An ugly loss to Cal Poly and an 80-79 overtime win against UC Irvine that Bruins coach Ben Howland called "lucky" hasn't instilled confidence in fans.
Will the hot seat get hotter?
With no Sweet 16 appearances since the 2007-08 season and players such as Tyler Lamb and Brendan Lane jumping ship, how long does Howland have?
A Bruins bounceback?
For some schools, just making the NCAA tournament is enough, but with 11 national championship banners hanging from the rafters, expectations will always be high.