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"Perhaps it's just the sheer size of the Big East that has prevented the public generally from noticing just how vast Mick Cronin's accomplishments have been at Cincinnati. From starting with not much more than a few basketballs and an empty gym, and playing in a league that routinely is producing No. 1 NCAA seeds and Final Four teams, Mick elevated the Bearcats to 26 victories and an NCAA Tournament berth within five seasons. And he did this with players who've lifted the program's academic rating and graduated from the university. It might be the most underrated coaching performance of the past two decades in college basketball. It's darned near a miracle."
-Mike DeCourcy, Sporting News
"Mick has done an outstanding job in an extremely difficult situation. The odds were against him but he was persistent and got the Bearcats over the hump and into the NCAA tournament where they should be a regular at knocking on that door every March."
-Andy Katz, ESPN
"Mick Cronin has done a tremendous job at Cincinnati. He took over a program that needed a new culture of winning, and he built a solid foundation in the nation's toughest basketball league. He's been disciplined, and has demanded the same from his players. Mick has instilled belief in his players, and after a terrific season last year, the Bearcats should be even better this year. Mick Cronin has worked incredibly hard to lead Cincinnati back to national prominence."
-Jay Bilas, ESPN
"Mick Cronin has done a great rebuilding job at Cincinnati. I love the emotion and passion he brings to the sidelines. Bearcat fans have to be thrilled with what he has done in a relatively short time. Stock up for Mick Cronin, baby!"
-Dick Vitale, ESPN