"UCLA is currently leaning toward replacing Ben Howland as its head basketball coach, and he could be let go before the end of the season, according to sources," Pierson said. "There is also an indication that UCLA has taken preliminary steps in investigating potential coaching candidates. The tipping point came a few weeks ago, after UCLA had lost three of five games at the end of November and beginning of December.
"Sources are indicating that booster and donation support of Howland has diminished considerably so far this season, and that has been critical in this development."
Elsewhere, ESPN also lists UCLA as 4th in the Pac12