University of Cincinnati president Santa J. Ono announced on Twitter today that Mick Cronin would remain the coach of the Bearcats’ men’s basketball team. The basketball program’s official Twitter also posted about Cronin’s return.
I am thrilled to say Mick Cronin will remain our coach at the University of Cincinnati.
— Santa J. Ono (@PrezOno) March 25, 2016
— Cincinnati Bearcats (@GoBEARCATS) March 25, 2016
Cronin, 44, will thus remain with Cincinnati despite a few years of futility for the program. The man has gone 203-125 in 10 years with the Bearcats and has made the NCAA Tournament six years in a row, even getting as far as the Sweet Sixteen in 2012.
Unfortunately, Cincinnati has developed a reputation for being a team that consistently makes the big dance, but never lasts long in it. Cronin’s lone trip to the Sweet Sixteen is the only one Cincinnati has made since 2001, and the Bearcats program has fallen quite far since being a regular championship contender under the legendary Bob Huggins.
That said, though Mick Cronin has won enough people at the university over to keep his job this time around, it’s hard to believe that he won’t be on something of a short leash unless the Bearcats turn things around dramatically.
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