UCLA job search: Jamie Dixon, Mick Cronin emerge as two top candidates, report says

first_img Kentucky’s John Calipari on loss to Auburn: ‘Never entered my mind we weren’t going to win’ Dixon, 53, previously reached the Big Dance 11 times in 13 seasons at Pittsburgh.Meanwhile, Cronin took over at Cincinnati in 2006-07 and has been one of the most consistent coaches in college basketball. His teams have won 20 or more games and made the NCAA Tournament in each of the last nine seasons.Bruins officials recently met with Cronin, according to the report.Cincinnati AD Mike Bohn says he’s eager to retain Cronin: “We want him to be our coach.”Bohn confirmed that he is talking with Cronin and working on a new contract “as we do virtually every year.”UC athletic director Mike Bohn on Mick Cronin: “We want him to be our coach.” Confirmed he is actively talking/working on contract with Cronin “as we do virtually every year.” #Bearcats— Joe Danneman (@FOX19Joe) April 1, 2019UCLA wants to hire a coach by the end of this week, the report says. The Bruins reportedly reached out to John Calipari, but he agreed to a “lifetime contract” with Kentucky on Monday. Kentucky, John Calipari agree to lifetime deal: ‘Where else would I want to coach?’ UCLA may be down to two final candidates for its coaching job.TCU’s Jamie Dixon and Cincinnati’s Mick Cronin have emerged as the school’s two top targets, according to a report from the Los Angeles Times.center_img The school narrowed its focus to those two after “a bevy of more coveted coaches expressed no interest, were eliminated through the school’s vetting process or declined to be interviewed until after the Final Four,” the report says.Dixon has been at TCU since 2016-17. He guided the program to its first NCAA Tournament in 20 years last season and has compiled a 68-40 total record. The Horned Frogs will take on Texas in the NIT semifinals Tuesday. Related News UCLA will consider St. Mary’s Randy Bennett, Texas’ Shaka Smart and former Suns coach Earl Watson if Dixon and Cronin turn down the job, according to the report.The program parted ways with Steve Alford in December after the Bruins started the season 7-6. He was hired by the school before 2013-14.last_img

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