The UCLA Bruins have reportedly hired Mick Cronin as the program’s next head coach. The news struck social media quickly, going from “close to” being hired to “actually being hired” in a matter of minutes. Jon Rothstein was the first to officially report it as a hiring.
The deal is reportedly for six years, with a total salary cost of $24 million.
This obviously ends a weird coaching search for the Bruins. After failing to land John Calipari with an offer that was actually a pay cut from what he was making with Kentucky, to refusing to pay for Jamie Dixon’s buyout at TCU, it’s still a relatively good hire for the program.
Mick Cronin has had sustained success while overseeing the Cincinnati Bearcats. He doesn’t have that sexy name-brand appeal as some of the original names whispered, but few within college basketball would knock him as a head coach.
At the time of this writing, the UCLA Bruins have not yet made it official.
When the hiring becomes official, we will update this post with whatever necessary updates is needed, provided the school releases a statement.
Update (release from the school):
“Mick Cronin is a fierce competitor, and I’m excited to welcome him to Westwood,” AD Dan Guerrero said. “Mick has built a fantastic program at Cincinnati, backed by integrity and discipline, and he has instilled an undeniable toughness in his student-athletes. I am confident he will build this program the right way and lead UCLA basketball back to national prominence.”
“I am incredibly humbled and honored to become the head coach at UCLA,” said Mick Cronin. “I’m especially grateful to Chancellor Block and to Dan Guerrero for this opportunity to join the Bruin Family. UCLA is a very special place with a strong tradition of excellence. To be able to join such a world-class institution is truly a privilege, and I can’t wait to get started in Westwood.”
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