"I had previously reported, as far back as December, that UCLA was leaning toward letting go Ben Howland," Pierson wrote. "Everything I've heard in the last week or so has re-emphasized it, to the point where I can say it's pretty well-accepted now that UCLA will have a new coach for next season." http://insider.espn.go.com/blog/mens-college-basketball/rumors/ Previous to that, Plashke wrote over the weekend that Howland is "on thin ice" in the LA Times. He reported that he's hearing the $2.3 million buyout money is already in place, then goes through a discussion of whether firing Howland would be fair or unfair. Dan Guerrero, the Bruins' athletic director, will be faced with a tough choice that perhaps has already been made. The real shame is that Howland's short-handed team won't be dressed for the kind of success that could make that decision tougher. http://articles.latimes.com/2013/mar/16/sports/la-sp-plaschke-ucla-20130317 Sounds like the Bruins can't lose to Minnesota and they better advance beyond that.