UCLA, Mick Cronin reach new contract extension after Final Four run

Ryan Young
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With their impressive Final Four run behind them, the Bruins are locking down Mick Cronin.

UCLA and Cronin agreed to a new two-year contract extension on Thursday, the school announced. The extension, which will keep him in Los Angeles through the 2026-27 season, is worth a guaranteed $4 million per year.

"In less than two years in Westwood – through seasons disrupted by a global pandemic – Mick has led UCLA Men's Basketball back to its rightful place among the nation's elite," athletic director Martin Jarmond said in a statement. "His leadership has given Bruin Nation a program to be proud of, galvanizing alumni and fans around the world, and it's only the beginning. 

"This extension represents the stability and commitment needed to execute the long-term vision that Mick and I share. The future is bright."

Cronin just wrapped up his second season with the Bruins, and has compiled a 41-22 record at UCLA.

After reaching the NCAA tournament as a No. 11 seed via the First Four, Cronin led the Bruins all the way to the Final Four — and nearly to the championship game. They forced overtime against top-seeded Gonzaga in their semifinal matchup, though Jalen Suggs hit a wild buzzer-beater to end UCLA’s run at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.

Cronin was hired at UCLA to replace Steve Alford after a 13-year stretch at Cincinnati, where he reached the NCAA tournament in his final nine years with the Bearcats while compiling a 296-147 record. The 49-year-old also spent three seasons at Murray State, where he won a pair of Ohio Valley Conference tournament titles.

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

UCLA head coach Mick Cronin
Mick Cronin agreed to a two-year extension on Thursday that will keep him in Westwood through the 2026-27 season. (AP/Darron Cummings)

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