After an astonishing run to the Final Four in his second season at UCLA, coach Mick Cronin has been awarded a two-year extension that will raise his salary to $ 4 million a year, athletic director Martin Jarmond announced on Thursday.
The move extends Cronin’s original six-year contract, which is due to expire in 2025, through the 2026-27 season. Cronin reportedly earned $ 3.2 million, or $ 3.3 million, in the first two years of the deal, which was supposed to be limited to $ 3.7 million in his final season.
“I love being in UCLA,” Cronin said in a statement. “The dedication of our players over the past two seasons has been helpful, especially since we faced some unusual challenges during the global pandemic. I would like to thank our players and my coaching staff for their continued commitment to incorporate this basketball program into something we can all be. proud. “
Cronin faced adversity during the 2020-21 campaign. Which is already affected by the coronavirus pandemic. Top recruit Daishen Nix announced in April 2020 that he would enter the G League instead of playing at UCLA, and a month into the season, prominent Chris Smith suffered a knee injury in the season that ended.
The Bruins, chosen to win their league in the pre-season Pac-12 poll, finished in fourth place after 13-6 in a conference game. They entered the NCAA tournament as penalties 17-9 and had to play a First Four game. Led by star Johnny Yuzang, UCLA defeated Michigan State, BYU, Abilene Christian, Alabama and Michigan to reach the Final Four in Indianapolis. They lost to Gonzaga 93-90 in overtime at the deep buzz of Jalen Suggs at Lucas Oil Stadium.
“In less than two years at Westwood – through seasons disrupted by a global pandemic – Mick has brought UCLA men’s basketball back to the right place among the national elite,” Jarmond said in a statement. “His leadership has given Bruin Nation a program he is proud of, encouraging alumni and fans around the world, and this is just the beginning. This extension represents the stability and commitment needed to achieve the long-term vision that Mick and I share. The future is bright.”
Cronin’s team is ranked second on ESPN’s Top-To-Early Top 25 spots.