He was told early Sunday evening.
He will be paid a $2.4 million to be bought out of his contract.
As we reported earlier, Butler Coach Brad Stevens is a leading candidate for the open job, as are two coaches who are still participating in the NCAA Tournament.
UCLA's Official Release:
UCLA RELIEVES BEN HOWLAND OF DUTIES AS HEAD MEN'S BASKETBALL COACH
LOS ANGELES – The University of California Los Angeles has relieved Head Men's Basketball Coach Ben Howland of his duties effective immediately and a national search for his successor has begun. Director of Athletics Dan Guerrero informed Coach Howland of the decision this afternoon.
"I want to thank Ben for all that he has done for UCLA in his ten seasons in Westwood," Guerrero said. "He embraced our tradition and culture and produced some terrific teams and coached a number of wonderful young men. We wish Ben and his family all the best as they move onto a new chapter in their lives."
In 10 seasons in Westwood, Howland compiled a 233-107 record, with seven NCAA Tournament berths, including a string of three Final Fours from 2006-2008.
"I have been blessed with the opportunity to coach at UCLA for 10 years and I will always be grateful to Dan Guerrero and Chancellors Block, Abrams and Carnesale for the opportunity to coach and teach our players and work alongside tremendous coaches," Howland said. "The UCLA community and fans have been unbelievable to my family and I, and it's been an honor and privilege to represent this great institution. I look forward to what comes next."