UCLA’s Mick Cronin gets contract extension after Final Four run

UCLA coach Mick Cronin signed a two-year contract extension on Thursday, less than a week after his team’s exhilarating run in the NCAA Tournament ended with an overtime loss in the Final Four.The extension will keep Cronin with the Bruins through the 2026-27 season. The contract extension will be worth a guaranteed $4 million per year, UCLA said in a news release.Cronin has led the Bruins to a 41-22 record since he was hired in April 2019.”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. “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.”UCLA was 22-10 in 2020-21 and played in the Final Four for the first time since 2008, In the tournament, the Bruins defeated Michigan State, BYU, Abilene Christian, Alabama and Michigan before their instant-classic, 93-90 overtime loss to Gonzaga on a Jalen Suggs buzzer-beating 3-pointer in the national semifinal.