Un-Connon Opinions: Cronin will only be effective with improved ability to recruit top talent

The dust has settled and, for better or worse, the Mick Cronin era has begun.

UCLA men’s basketball hired Cronin to be the program’s 14th head coach April 9, one day after a deal fell apart with Tennessee’s Rick Barnes. A week earlier, TCU’s Jamie Dixon and Kentucky’s John Calipari were also rumored to take charge in Westwood before returning to their respective teams.

Despite what Athletic Director Dan Guerrero says, it’s clear Cronin was not UCLA’s first choice.

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