Howland Looks Like Done Deal

Pittsburg's head coach Ben Howland looks like he's going through the final phases of being named the next head UCLA basketball coach...

Ben Howland, the head coach at Pittsburgh, appears to be going through the final phases of being announced as UCLA's next head basketball coach.

Reports have Howland flying to  Los Angeles tonight. Sources indicate he'll meet with UCLA chancellor Albert Carnesale either late Tuesday or early Wednesday. At that time, it's expected that UCLA will formally offer Howland the job.

The word is that he'll be announced as UCLA's new head coach Thursday, but possibly as early as Wednesday afternoon.

This whirlwind courtship comes as a result of Howland and Guerrero coming to an agreement in principle concerning his compensation and his assistant's compensation, according to sources.

After meeting with Guerrero and associate athletic director Besty Stephenson during the weekend in Santa Barbaba, Howland flew back to Pittsburgh Monday. He met with his team Monday afternoon, and listened to a new, sweetened proposal by Pittsburgh's administration.

Sources close to the situation assert, though, that Howland, a Southern California native and professed UCLA fan when he was growing up, couldn't pass up the chance to coach UCLA.


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