Today it was made official that head coach Mick Cronin would stay coaching the black and red for the present. After flying out to Las Vegas twice this week talking to the Rebels athletic director Tina Kunzer-Murphy, school president Santa Ono and athletic director Mike Bohn were able to get Mick to stay.
Reports stated that UNLV offered a deal around $3 million yearly. Reports even said Under Armour would’ve been willing to pay $1 million dollars annually to Mick if he made the move.
Details of what made him stay haven’t made public, but I bet it has something to do with making sure that Fifth Third Arena renovation starts no later than 2017-18 or he can get some type of release without a buyout.
“I would like people to try and understand after 10 years of dedicated service I chose to evaluate my career and my life,” Cronin said. “Reflecting through that process was extremely difficult, but it was something I needed to do for me personally. The city of Cincinnati and the University are special places to me and I’ve always said what an honor it is to be the head coach at my alma mater. This program has come such a long way in 10 years and we’ve still got work to do and goals to achieve. The 2016-17 season starts for me today and I can’t wait for the future that lies ahead for the Bearcats and this University.”
“Mick Cronin has done the tough job of rebuilding our Bearcats program, and I am thrilled to hear he will be returning next year,” UC President Dr. Santa Ono said. “I know he is hungry to build on the success of the past 10 years and our six straight appearances in the NCAA Tournament.”
“It’s important to me and the University of Cincinnati to sustain continuity with Mick Cronin leading our storied men’s basketball program,” Bohn said. “I salute what Mick has built in his first decade at UC as he was and is the catalyst for the prominent growth around the program. Together, along with our donors, fans, students and supporters, we remain on an onward trajectory for long-term success.”
The Bearcats are fresh off their sixth straight NCAA Tournament appearance and a 22-11 overall record. This move keeps stability in the basketball program Cronin will be going into his 11th year with the program and for a school that wants to get into a Power 5 conference sooner than later stability is key.
Now we wait for the details on what promises were made and what has been added to his contract.