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College basketball notebook: UCLA fires Howland

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Sunday, March 24, 2013, 9:18 p.m.

UCLA fired Ben Howland as men's basketball coach after 10 seasons that included three Final Four appearances but culminated with another early-round exit from the NCAA Tournament.

Athletic director Dan Guerrero told the former Pitt coach Sunday he was out, and the university announced it in the evening.

Howland had a 233-107 record in Westwood, including three consecutive Final Four appearances from 2006-08 and four Pac-12 titles, including this season. The Bruins' season ended last Friday with an 83-63 loss to Minnesota in the NCAA Tournament.

In a statement through the university, Howland said he has been blessed to coach at UCLA, and he looks forward to what comes next.

He has two years left on his contract that includes a $2.3 million buyout.

George Mason to join A-10

An official with knowledge of the agreement said George Mason is joining the Atlantic 10 next season.

The official told the Associated Press on Sunday that Mason will announce it's leaving the Colonial Athletic Association effective July 1.

Both the school and conference are expected to announce the move Monday at a news conference.

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