Mick Cronin Officially Named the New Head Coach of UCLA MBB

Mick Cronin Officially Named the New Head Coach of UCLA MBB

Mick Cronin Officially Named the New Head Coach of UCLA MBB

"I am incredibly humbled and honored to become the head coach at UCLA", Cronin said.

Cronin is one of the more underrated coaches in the college game, with 365 wins at Cincinnati; second to only Bob Huggins in school history.

Cronin coached three seasons with Murray State before taking the Cincinnati job, posting a.742 winning percentage with the Racers.

Cronin will be formally introduced to the media Wednesday in Westwood, Calif. UCLA fired coach Steve Alford on New Year's Eve after eight seasons.

His teams are strong defensively and consistent winners; the Bearcats have made nine consecutive appearances in the NCAA tournament during his 13 seasons at Cincinnati, advancing to a regional semifinal in 2012. Donovan led the Florida Gators to two national championships during his 19 years with the program.

The team was eliminated in the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament Round of 64. "To be able to join such a world-class institution is truly a privilege, and I can't wait to get started in Westwood", the former Cincinnati coach said in the official announcement from the school Tuesday. Cronin agreed to a 6 year, $24 million contract that the Bruins will soon regret.

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The Bruins' deal with Cronin comes one day after Tennessee's Rick Barnes turned down the Bruins' reported five-year, $25 million offer, instead electing to return to the Volunteers.

"Mick Cronin is a fierce competitor, and I'm excited to welcome him to Westwood", UCLA athletics director Dan Guerrero said in a release.

This is a disappointing hire for UCLA after having whiffed on big-name coaches such as John Calipari, Rick Barnes and Jamie Dixon before settling for Cronin.

Cronin built a reputation as a recruiter who could identify and lure top talent to Cincinnati, including future National Basketball Association players like Lance Stephenson of the LA Lakers.

This season, he guided the Bearcats to a 28-7 record.

The Bruins (17-16) failed to reach the tournament after losing in the first four round in 2018. But Kentucky signed John Calipari to a long-term contract extension that should take him to retirement.

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