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How Much UCLA Is Paying Head Coach Mick Cronin

A closeup of Cincinnati basketball coach Mick Cronin during a game.

COLUMBUS, OHIO - MARCH 22: Head coach Mick Cronin of the Cincinnati Bearcats reacts during the second half against the Iowa Hawkeyes in the first round of the 2019 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Nationwide Arena on March 22, 2019 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

The coaching search for UCLA is finally over following months of speculation. The school announced that Mick Cronin will become the 14th head coach in program history.

UCLA did its part to gauge the interest of top names in the country, such as John Calipari and Tony Bennett. However, the university will now turn its basketball team to Cronin.

During his time as the head coach of Cincinnati, Cronin made nine straight NCAA Tournament appearances. He was the AAC Coach of the Year back in 2014.

It's tough to leave behind the foundation he built with the Bearcats, but the Bruins are still thought of as an elite program by incoming recruits. Cronin could have an easier time bringing in talent each season as compared to recruiting in a lower conference.

The appeal of Los Angeles isn't the only selling point for Cronin, who will also earn a significant raise with the Bruins.

As part of his move from Cincinnati to UCLA, Cronin will make $24 million over the next six years.

After turning the Bearcats into a consistent tournament team, the pressure is on for Cronin to deliver with the Bruins.

Cronin will be officially introduced as the head coach of UCLA on Wednesday.