Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Assistant Coach Donny Daniels Bids Farewell To UCLA

By Bruin Basketball Report

Long time UCLA assistant coach Donny Daniels has decided to leave UCLA and to accept an assistant coaching position at Gonzaga, UCLA Coach Ben Howland announced at a called press conference today.

Daniels replaces Leon Rice who last week was named the head coach at Boise State University after 11 seasons on Gonzaga coach Mark Few’s staff.

Hired seven seasons ago, Daniels joined the Bruins when Howland was hired in 2003 and helped put together recruiting classes that took the Bruins to three consecutive Final Four appearances. 

"Donny did a terrific job for me and this program for seven years," Howland said. "He was a key impetus behind all the success we enjoyed. I wish him the very best. He is going to another outstanding program with good tradition and history."

Howland has not named a replacement and will likely wait until after this month's recruiting period. 

19 Comments:

At Mar 31, 2010, 3:21:00 AM, Anonymous Don Chicci said...

"Today, I settle business with all families....Cuomo, Tattaglia...." - The Godfather
How about firing the below next, Coach Howland:
Men's Basketball Athletic Trainer: Laef Morris!!!
Men's Basketball Athl. Perf Coach: Wes Long
....Malcolm Lee...for good measure!

 
At Mar 31, 2010, 6:22:00 AM, Anonymous BruinFan said...

Good luck Coach Daniels.
Let's kick off Anderson, sign Ray M and 2 bigs

 
At Mar 31, 2010, 6:51:00 AM, Anonymous Swami Mikey said...

Great laugh, Don Chicci. Need to hear more from you on this blog.

 
At Mar 31, 2010, 7:27:00 AM, Anonymous BobinMd said...

"Never go against the Family."

 
At Mar 31, 2010, 8:01:00 AM, Anonymous BruinFan said...

BBR, which of our 2010 prospects were getting recruited by Coach Daniels???
Also, according to another web-site...Ben H is going to get the recruits signed over the nxt month, THEN lock up another ast. Any specualtion as to who he will bring in???
2 questions for ya...
Oh, if you see coach tell him to DUMP ANDERSON after we sign Ray M.

 
At Mar 31, 2010, 3:09:00 PM, Anonymous AZBruin said...

I hear Tim Floyd had issues with SC. LOL Too bad he already has a head coaching position.
According to Rivals McCallum being recruited by Duncan. Zeigler by Howland. No one listed on Jones.

 
At Mar 31, 2010, 4:10:00 PM, Anonymous W.KOONTZLAW@VERIZON.NET said...

Today I settled all family business Carlo; they're all dead: Tattaglia, Strachi, Cuneo, Barzini, Moe Green ...You have to answer for Santino Carlo......Ah you didn't think that act you put on with my sister would fool a Corlioni did you? Now tell me, who approched you? Was it Barzani or Tataliga

 
At Apr 1, 2010, 2:46:00 AM, Anonymous Matt Stairs said...

Don Wooden to Coach Howland prior to Howland's recruiting trip..."you go up to this guy Ray....and uhm...(scratches his neck)...you make him an offer he can't refuse."..."If the gibroni refuses...the Trojan horse's head in his bed"...

 
At Apr 1, 2010, 6:28:00 AM, Anonymous Gene Steinberg said...

RAY MCCALLUM VERBALLY COMMITS TO KANSAS!!! SUCKS!

 
At Apr 1, 2010, 10:26:00 AM, Anonymous Brew In said...

Gene, where did yo hear this? The latest I have as of 10am today is: “Signing Day is April 14, so in the next couple of weeks, I'll make my decision,” McCallum said. “I'm going to sit down with my family and talk to them about it.”
One of those family members involved in that conversation will certainly have an unfair recruiting advantage, as McCallum's father, also named Ray, is the head coach at the University of Detroit.
“My dad's been my coach my whole life,” the younger McCallum said. “So, I'm definitely looking at (Detroit).”
“UCLA, Arizona, Florida and Detroit,” McCallum said of his final list.
Unless you can tell me otherwise, I will remain hopefull, even to the extent that he mentioned UCLA as the first team coming out of his mouth. i don't see Kansas anywhere in the equation...

 
At Apr 1, 2010, 11:15:00 AM, Anonymous BruinFan said...

Los Angeles vs. Corn Fields...
The kid is not stupid

 
At Apr 2, 2010, 1:26:00 AM, Anonymous Gene Steinberg said...

Can't believe I got you...April Fool's! Ray will hopefully come out West...as in SoCal. Hope he's more Earl Watson than Ray Young!

 
At Apr 2, 2010, 4:55:00 AM, Anonymous BruinFan said...

Good one Gene S...aka geneeeeiiiiusss
He's smooth like butter...
He's better than Earl Watson...
RAY M...come put your stamp at Pauley!!
He'd start!!

 
At Apr 2, 2010, 5:36:00 AM, Anonymous Brew In said...

Got me Gene!!! That is one joke that I'm glad it is just that. I must praise Josh Smith because I heard he called Ray to talk him into coming to Westwood to play together!
I have also heard from another local source that Ray is "leaning" in "our" direction!

 
At Apr 2, 2010, 6:08:00 AM, Anonymous Kristopher said...

In case Ray is reading:
Arizona = Hot ass weather. Skinheads. Hot ass weather.
Detroit = Daddy's little bitch
Florida = no academic cred, humid, thuggy peers, old farts everywhere, will want to punch coach in the face everyday.
UCLA = academics, hot chicks, shorts year-round, start rap album, Hollywood, legendary program, national recognition, father is far away but can easily visit, can become your own man...can go on forever! UCLA is the easy choice for someone like Ray.

 
At Apr 2, 2010, 12:28:00 PM, Anonymous BruinFan said...

Newsflash:
Brendan Lane - ankle surgery OUT 5 MONTHS
Damn, we havent fired that trainer yet.
I hope CBH gets BIG GUYS!!

 
At Apr 2, 2010, 12:29:00 PM, Anonymous BruinFan said...

Fox sports
http://msn.foxsports.com/cbk/story/UCLAs-Brendan-Lane-to-miss-5-months-after-surgery

 
At Apr 5, 2010, 10:22:00 AM, Anonymous curtis davis said...

My question is what has happened to UCLA Basketball? I could remember when UCLA could just about recruit any top player in the nation. Know they settle for semi-decent players who can't contribute to the calibur teams of the past. My suggestion is this: Ben Howland needs to recruit back east more and get some of the those hardcore basketball players who can play ball. Also Ben needs to recruit more heights for center. Ucla used to get 7-footers, not anymore. There is so much talent in this country that I just don't understand why Howland doesn't spread the wealth. If Ben would bring more talented height to his basketball squad and not settle for leftovers, than I could see UCLA at the top again. UCLA should be in the final four like Conneticut Women's basketball. Dominant, but very talented. Comon Ben, let's jump to it.

 
At Apr 6, 2010, 11:28:00 AM, Anonymous DB said...

Most top players are looking to come to the college program for a year or two so they can jump to NBA. As such, they will usually go to a program that is more offense oriented to showcase their abilities to make that jump faster.
UCLA's past success of the last 5 years was mainly due to quite a few players who stayed longer and worked out hard or players were werent as heavily recruited who turned out to be gems.
Yes Klove and Holiday were top notch, but Love needed a slower pace program like ours to shine and Holiday wanted to stay close. Both were pretty much had their mind set for 1 and done already.
I love the Bruins, but we probably need a more free flow offense to entice the takeover players to come and showcase their talent.
Lets face is folks, the teams that won NCAA the last 15 years have been more offense oriented and still played decent defense. At the college level, players with great offense of skill and not as good defense gets away with it to a certain point due to a less parity and longer shot clock. Also zone defense as well.

 

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