Cincinnati's Mick Cronin Officially Named Coach at UCLA

UCLA hires Mick Cronin as its new basketball coach

Cronin's Cincinnati teams have been inside the AP Top 25 at some point in nine of the past 10 seasons, with the Bearcats posting 26-plus wins in six of those campaigns.

After several misfires, UCLA has signed Mick Cronin to be its next head coach on a six-year, $24-million contract.

After striking out with Dixon last Friday (it has been reported that UCLA was unwilling to pay the $8 million buyout for the TCU coach) and Barnes on Monday, it was officially announced by UCLA that Cronin will be the next coach of the Bruins.

UCLA would like that to change and it starts with Cassius Stanley.

UCLA won 10 national championships in a 12-season stretch under the legendary John Wooden in the 1960s and 1970s, but the Bruins haven't been to the Final Four since 2008 and have not won the NCAA Tournament since 1995. They fell to Iowa in the first round of the 2019 NCAA tournament.

According to multiple reports, Cincinnati head coach Mick Cronin is getting the UCLA job.

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Cronin will be formally introduced to the UCLA community and to media on campus this Wednesday morning. He helped lead the Bearcats' program on a remarkable turnaround, guiding Cincinnati to the NCAA Tournament each of the past nine seasons.

The 47-year-old has had two gigs, his first with Murray State before moving to Cincinnati. He graduated from the university in 1997. But recently, numerous area's top players have left Los Angeles for their collegiate careers.

Cronin played for his dad at La Salle High School. Cronin was associate head coach at Louisville under Rick Pitino from 2001 to 2003 and worked as an assistant and video coordinator from 1996 to 2001 under Bob Huggins at Cincinnati.

Cincinnati ranked No. 28 in the defensive KenPom ratings this season after holding the No. 2 spot a year ago.

With this hire, Barnes becomes the 14th head coach of the Bruins as he takes over for Steve Alford who was relieved of his duties back on December 31, 2018.

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