Mick Cronin, Cincinnati agree on new seven-year deal

By Jeff Borzello | College Basketball Writer

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Mick Cronin was briefly mentioned with a couple of openings this offseason, but the Cincinnati head coach made it clear he wasn't going anywhere.

And now he's put pen to paper to solidify that statement, agreeing to a new seven-year deal with the Bearcats.

"Mick Cronin's genuine passion for the University of Cincinnati and his players is a critical piece in our extremely bright future," athletic director Mike Bohn announced on Monday. "Our cornerstone agreement represents a significant commitment to our storied basketball program. We anticipate continued national prominence, growth and improvement in all facets of the men's basketball enterprise under Coach Cronin's leadership."

Cronin, a Cincinnati native and an alum of the university, has been the head coach of the Bearcats for eight seasons, reaching four consecutive NCAA Tournaments and sharing the American Athletic Conference regular-season championship this past season.

He signed a contract extension last year, and this new deal will replace that one.

"Eight years ago, I was named head coach at the University of Cincinnati and at that press conference I said among other things that I wanted to make UC basketball an elite program, a class program, mentioned with the likes of the best college basketball programs in the country," Cronin said.

"Today, I hope that my commitment to that statement is much more in focus and understood. While it is a great honor to be the coach at my alma mater, my goals for our program are still very much the same. We have come a very long way in eight years, especially as one of only 16 teams to reach the last four NCAA Tournaments. Academically, we have had great success as our University continues to rise on the charts nationally. It is very true that I cherish coaching at home, on the campus where I literally grew up, but I believe that we can continue our climb to the top of college basketball at UC."

The new contract keeps Cronin at Cincinnati through the 2020-21 season.

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