Ben Howland's decision
UCLA firing won't stop coaches from chasing short-term gain
It would be tough to find a more instructive case study of amateur and professional sports than the forces that brought Shabazz Muhammad together with Ben Howland at UCLA. From the available evidence, the episode merged many of the worst aspects of the culture: perspective-free youth sports, an out-of-control parent, a desperate coach, the lure of money, the AAU system and the unholy alliance between the NCAA and the NBA.
It's a flawed system, to be sure, but the worst part is ...
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