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UCLA's Nelson suspended again

Posted on: December 6, 2011 12:54 pm
Edited on: December 9, 2011 1:55 pm

By Gary Parrish

UCLA's Reeves Nelson was suspended from the men's basketball team on Tuesday for the second time this season, Bruins coach Ben Howland told via text message. This development contradicts an earlier erroneous report from that indicated Nelson had been dismissed.

Asked if Nelson was dismissed as reported, Howland responded, "He's been suspended indefinitely."

Nelson was the leading returning scorer and rebounder for the Bruins, but his junior season has been just as disastrous as UCLA's in general. The 6-foot-8 forward was suspended after a season-opening loss to Loyola-Marymount because of what basically amounted to an attitude problem that's been an issue for years. He missed UCLA's loss to Middle Tennessee State, then missed the team's flight to the Maui Invitational and played just 11 minutes against Chaminade. Nelson was benched for the second half of Saturday's game with Texas and was reportedly "laughing it up" on the sideline while his teammates lost 69-59.

"[Nelson's] behavior is totally uncharacteristic of what we want from a UCLA basketball player representing this history and tradition," UCLA coach Ben Howland said in Tuesday's Los Angeles Times. "It's something that is going to be dealt with when we get together again. It's been an ongoing problem the past two years which has gotten worse."

Nelson averaged 13.9 points and 9.1 rebounds in 31.3 minutes per game last season. He is only averaging 5.7 points and 4.5 rebounds in 19.3 minutes per game this season. UCLA -- the preseason pick to win the Pac-12 -- is 2-5 with its lone wins coming against Chaminade and Pepperdine. The Bruins play Penn on Saturday.

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Since: Mar 16, 2008
Posted on: December 9, 2011 6:57 pm

UCLA's Nelson suspended again


I didn't say anything about them being clean on recruiting. I said Chip Kelly has the integrity to kick players off the team quicker then about 99% of NCAA programs. No school in the NCAA that is any good can honestly say they recruit by all the rules. People who say they do and they are great programs are liars. Or they have some crazy sex scandal going on like Penn State and Syracuse.

However, once these players have proven that they cannot follow team rules or obey their initial punishment they get sent packing. I will be the first to admit Oregon recruits some less then upstanding citizens for their team. Kelly though gives these guys a chance and once they break his trust they are gone.

Since: Dec 7, 2011
Posted on: December 7, 2011 1:55 pm

UCLA's Nelson suspended again

Oregon doing the right thing? Are you nutts? They are a cheating program. What happens when/if UCLA dismisses Nelson the first school running to give him a full scholarship would be Oregon, well there only competition would be the University of Arizona. What happened when UCLA dismissed the two football players that were caught in a purse snatch incident. Well guess who ran to these criminals and gave them scholarships yes the University of Arizona and the University of Oregon.

Since: Nov 18, 2006
Posted on: December 6, 2011 6:40 pm

UCLA's Nelson suspended again

Cut the tie and take away the scholarship. Give it to someone that wants it. This guy is a loser.

Since: Mar 16, 2008
Posted on: December 6, 2011 6:19 pm

UCLA's Nelson suspended again

Nelson is an absolute overrated chump. He is a baby and should be thrown off the team. Of course Howland won't do that because UCLA is garbage this year and will get spanked especially if Nelson is off the team. It just goes to show you that even respected coaches like Howland are willing to put their win loss column before ethics and integrity of your program.

People call Oregon a cheating football program with dirty recruiting. But at least Chip Kelly has the integrity to supsend players for long periods of time and after the second suspension kicks them off the team permanently. In the last 2 years Kelly kicked off Masoli, Harris, and Seastrunk. Say what you will but at least he has the guts to kick off top recruits and All Conference players when they break the law or embarress the program.

Since: Apr 19, 2009
Posted on: December 6, 2011 6:11 pm

UCLA's Nelson suspended again

Here's the problem, IMO. Reeves has been coddled his whole life and was allowed to get away with bad behaivor because he was a good player. Know that behavior is getting in the way of him moving forward in life. UCLA knew before they signed him that he had this in him but they did it anyways and how what they hoped wouldn't happen IS happening. Reeves needs to grow up, be accountable and appreciate what he has. Sadly, he probably won't.

Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: December 6, 2011 5:33 pm

UCLA's Nelson suspended again

Why has this idiot not been thrown off the team?  Obviously, it has everything to do with the fact that Howland needs Nelson on his roster (despite all of the internal problems he creates) in order to have any chance at winning ten games.

If Howland thinks he's having fun this season, just wait until next year when Larry Drew and his mother enter the equation.

Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: December 6, 2011 4:43 pm

UCLA's Nelson suspended again

I guess a full ride scholarship at a major university isn't enough encouragement to walk a straight line.
Ungrateful pukes.

Since: Sep 11, 2008
Posted on: December 6, 2011 4:29 pm

UCLA's Nelson suspended again

If he's such a problem I wonder why Howland doesn't just dismiss him? He can't be worth it at this point.

Since: Oct 11, 2009
Posted on: December 6, 2011 4:05 pm

UCLA's Nelson suspended again

thats not the only thing that makes this goon stupid

Since: Mar 9, 2008
Posted on: December 6, 2011 3:54 pm
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