During the college basketball coaching carousel this off-season, former Pittsburgh and UCLA head coach Ben Howland has been one of the hottest names on the market. However, he is still without a job as the market winds down, leaving some to believe that he would be a high-profile candidate for the newly opened position at Oregon State. There is a report circulating, though, that Howland will not land in the Pacific Northwest.
Gary Parrish of CBS Sports reports that Howland has withdrawn himself from any consideration for the job:
Former UCLA coach Ben Howland has removed himself from consideration for the opening at Oregon State and now plans to remain out of college coaching next season barring a surprise, a source told CBSSports.com on Monday.
“It’s just not the right fit,” the source said.
This is a bit of a surprise simply because it appeared that Howland was angling for virtually any job at this point. That said, Oregon State is a very difficult situation, and with his legacy in question, Howland may have chosen to wait it out for a better opportunity elsewhere down the road.
Gary Parris is also reporting that Oregon State will turn to former NBA player Damon Stoudamire as its leading candidate, but on the Howland front, all indications are that he will once again be away from the head coaching profession for the 2014-2015 season.