According to the Las Vegas Sun's Taylor Bern, Cincinnati head coach Mick Cronin is in Las Vegas today, meeting with UNLV athletic director Tina Kunzer-Murphy, in addition to a couple other UNLV administrators and boosters, about the UNLV head coach vacancy that Cronin has now been linked to since Sunday.
Mick has landed https://t.co/0lUKD9XZS6
— Taylor Bern (@TaylorBern) March 23, 2016
The official visit comes on the heels of reports that the University of Nevada Board of Regents not only discussed a potential contract offer for Cronin, worth north of $2 million, but that they had provided enough positive feedback for UNLV to proceed with their courting of the Cincinnati native, who has racked up a 207-129 record and six straight NCAA tournament appearances over his 10 years coaching the Bearcats.
That was before that potential salary point was bumped even higher, into the $3 million range, with the Board of Regents likely to approve an offer of at least $2 million and Under Armour then providing an addition $1 million annually to Cronin's contract once UNLV's Nike deal expires, which is soon.
According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, the contract offer still has yet to be officially approved by the regents and, even then, Cronin would have to agree to the terms of the deal before officially taking the job. That said, it appears the regents are on board with the potential contract offer and it is believed that the votes are there.
"In athletics, it's time to go big or go home," regent James Dean Leavitt said to the Las Vegas Review-Journal.
Many still question if Cronin would actually leave his alma mater, but this momentum is hard to ignore and doesn't appear to be going away any time soon. After all, UNLV does have improved athletic facilities, compared to Cincinnati, and he presumably has the full support of the athletic department to run the program his way with the necessary resources that Cincinnati hasn't provided during Cronin's run at the helm.
There is still a lot that needs to be worked out for Cronin to move-on from Cincinnati and there are still a variety of reasons why the move doesn't make sense for him, but for now, it's hard to ignore how this story is progressing and developing. With Cronin wining and dining with the Runnin' Rebels today, we are sure to hear more about Cronin's interest in the job in the next day or so, but you don't get to this point in the process without having some interest in the UNLV job.
For Cincinnati fans, that has to be somewhat concerning.