Mar 2, 2013; Los Angeles, CA, USA; UCLA Bruins head coach Ben Howland reacts during the first half against the Arizona Wildcats at the Pauley Pavilion. Mandatory Credit: Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports

NCAA Basketball Rumors: Ben Howland, Marquette have talked about vacant position

The Marquette Golden Eagles were hit hard on Friday when they learned they were losing their head coach, Buzz Williams, to the ACC and the Virginia Tech Hokies. With that, one of the more intriguing jobs in college basketball is now open, and immediately word began to spread that former UCLA and Pitt coach Ben Howland was very interested.

Now, Gary Parrish and CBS are reporting that Howland and Marquette have even gone so far as to have discussions about him filling the opening, however a deal has not been reached as of yet.

Former UCLA coach Ben Howland spoke with Marquette officials this weekend about the school’s opening for a men’s basketball coach, multiple sources told CBSSports.com.

No offer has been extended.

The move by Williams stunned everyone when it went down, but as crushing of a blow as it was to the program, the hiring of Howland would be the ultimate quick fix. While UCLA didn’t think he was good enough in the end, Howland’s resume says otherwise, with three Final Four appearances.

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