Mar 22, 2013; Austin, TX, USA; UCLA Bruins head coach Ben Howland reacts against the Minnesota Golden Gophers in the second half during the second round of the 2013 NCAA tournament at the Frank Erwin Center. Minnesota beat UCLA 83-63. Mandatory Credit: Brendan Maloney-USA TODAY Sports

Former UCLA head coach Ben Howland expected to be in play for Marquette opening

In the middle of all the NCAA Tournament festivities, huge news broke on Friday that the Virginia Tech Hokies had lured away Marquette head coach Buzz Williams to fill their vacant position. So now, Marquette is looking for someone to fill their slot, but they might not have to look very far as it’s being reported that former UCLA head coach Ben Howland would be more than willing to take over.

This would solve a lot of issues. Not only would Marquette be getting a proven basketball coach, they would also be getting a big name without the long, drawn-out process that is generally involved.

Howland coached the UCLA Bruins from 2003 right up until last season when he was shown the door by the administration. Prior to that, he was the head coach of the Pittsburgh Panthers, a program that he resurrected and set up for the consistent success they enjoy today.

If Marquette were smart, they would capitalize on this as quickly as possible.

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