Ben Howland was the head coach at UCLA for nine years and collected a record of 233-107 and made three consecutive Final Fours with the Bruins from 2006 to 2008. He was fired by UCLA in 2013 after his team won the Pac-12 regular season championship. In 2002 he was named the Naismith National Coach of the Year at Pittsburgh and won the Big East tournament in 2003 with the Panthers. He also led UCLA to two Pac-10 tournament championships in 2006 and 2008.
There are more superlatives to list but the bottom line is, Ben Howland would be an absolute home run hire for Mississippi State.
Earlier today, NBCSports.com released a report that stated that multiple sources had confirmed to them that Ben Howland was a serious candidate for MSU's opening and, frankly, the Bulldogs need this. Howland is proven and he's a well known name. He would automatically make MSU relevant again.
Howland hasn't coached since he was let go by UCLA but has been a candidate for multiple vacancies including Tennessee when they were searching for a coach last year. Hopefully more news will emerge soon about Howland and we will update it here.