Mick Cronin gets new 7-year deal

Cincinnati coach Mick Cronin signed a new seven-year contract, which will pay him $2.2 million annually, he confirmed after the Cincinnati Board of Trustees approved the deal early Monday.

Cronin, who has coached the Bearcats since 2006, has led his team to four straight NCAA tournaments. Cincinnati went 27-7 last season, 15-3 in the new American Conference, which tied for first place with Louisville. The Bearcats lost in the round of 64 to Harvard in a 12-seed vs. 5-seed game.

Cronin, 42, has won 231 games in his career, which includes a stop at Murray State.

Cronin's deal comes on the heels of national champion UConn signing coach Kevin Ollie to a new five-year contract worth $2.8 million per year, making him the highest-paid coach in the American Conference. SMU's Larry Brown, Memphis' Josh Pastner and Cronin follow Ollie on the salary scale.