Players also spoke to the magazine of an alarming number of fights to begin the 2009 season, including one that began when Reeves Nelson, then a freshman, hit fellow player Mike Moser in the chest with his forearm and shoulder.
"The instances you're talking about in the article had to do with hard fouls and cheap shots. Never was there any during my watching and being there for every minute of every practice an assault," Howland said. "A cheap shot is different than a closed fist punch in someone's face.
"Anything I felt was something serious in nature I would always bring to Dan and my superiors and I would discuss firsthand with whichever players were involved."
Guerrero said he never had any players come to him with their concerns and that he speaks to the players often.
Nelson confirmed on-court incidents to SI and expressed his regret, saying, "On all that stuff, I have no trouble admitting that I lost control of my emotions sometimes. I take responsibility for my actions. I'm really just trying to learn from the mistakes I made on all levels."
Nelson was eventually dismissed from the team last December after twice having been suspended for insubordinate behavior this season.
"We spend a lot of time dealing with issues of hazing," Guerrero said. "The one thing we have probably fallen short of is bullying and that's very concerning."
The report says that team members who spoke to SI were unanimous in their belief that leadership from Howland would have prevented or at least curtailed the damage to the program.
"I still have a great relationship with him and always will," Love said about Howland. "I hope it's handled the right way because John Wooden's looking over us."
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