UCLA men’s basketball coach Mick Cronin inks two-year contract extension 

UCLA men’s basketball coach Mick Cronin put pen to paper on a two-year contract extension through the 2026-27 season Thursday, announced by first-year athletic director Martin Jarmond.

The extension will be worth a guaranteed $4 million per year.

In his second season at the helm, Cronin led the Bruins on a spirited run to the Final Four, which ended in a heartbreaking loss in overtime to No. 1-seeded Gonzaga,

Cronin is 41-22 as the coach of the Bruins. The Final Four appearance was the program’s first since 2008.

“I am extremely grateful to Chancellor Block and Martin Jarmond for the opportunity to continue leading the UCLA program,” Cronin said. “I love being at UCLA. The commitment from our players over the past two seasons has been rewarding, especially as we have dealt with some unusual challenges during a global pandemic. I would like to thank our players and my coaching staff for their continued commitment to build this basketball program into something of which we can all be proud.”

INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA – MARCH 30: Head coach Mick Cronin of the UCLA Bruins celebrates with Cody Riley #2 after defeating the Michigan Wolverines 51-49 in the Elite Eight round game of the 2021 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament at Lucas Oil Stadium on March 30, 2021 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Tim Nwachukwu/Getty Images)

The season is over for the players, but not for Cronin, who is likely mapping out a recruiting trail for himself this spring and summer. Freshmen duo Mac Etienne and Jaylen Clark are the only rostered players Cronin has recruited. Now, he’ll await McDonald’s All-American Peyton Watson from Long Beach Poly and four-star recruit Will McClendon from Bishop Gorman in Las Vegas. There is also the transfer portal, which is filled with high-level impact players.

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USA Today released a “way-too-early” preseason Top 25 for the 2021-22 season on Tuesday, with UCLA ranked No. 1. It’s fair to say it’s hyperbolic, especially not knowing if Johnny Juzang will return, but either way, Jarmond’s statement about the Bruins and Cronin is certainly not hyperbole.

“…The future is bright,” Jarmond said.

The Bruins ranked No. 13 in the nation in fewest turnovers committed per game (10.6) and compiled a record of 13-4 in games decided by five points or fewer (including contests that advanced into overtime).

“I am humbled by the support of the Bruin community,” Cronin said. “We are looking forward to next season when we can get back into Pauley Pavilion with our fans.”

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Source:: Los Angeles Daily News

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