They met on their way up the ladder two decades ago.
Ben Howland was a young assistant men's basketball coach at UC Santa Barbara looking for his first head-coaching job.
Dan Guerrero was the athletic director at UC Irvine, making his first major hire.
"That was sort of my first time I went one-on-one with him," Guerrero said. "I wound up hiring Pat Douglass because he had a great pedigree and I had a great relationship with him going in. But I really liked ...