Cincinnati head coach Mick Cronin has been cleared to return to the sidelines, according to a release from the school.
The Bearcats made the 2015 NCAA tournament as interim head coach Larry Davis took over after Cronin was sidelined for precautionary reasons. Cronin was away from games since Dec. 20 as he was dealing with a non-life threatening vascular condition known as arterial dissection.
“I would like to thank the entire University of Cincinnati community and administration for their support during the past three months,” Cronin said in the release. “I also would like to thank UC Health and its neurosurgery department, especially Dr. Norberto Andaluz and Dr. Todd Abruzzo, for the care that I have received.
“Obviously, I’m excited to be coaching again, but most importantly, I’m grateful to be 100 percent healthy.”
Cincinnati finished 7-2 in Cronin’s nine games of coaching while associate head coach Larry Davis went 16-9 and help the Bearcats to a 23-11 record on the season.
“We are pleased Mick is able to fully resume his coaching duties,” Director of Athletics Mike Bohn said in the release. “His behind-the-scenes leadership was critical in last season’s success coupled with Larry’s direction and the players’ focus on the court throughout the year.”
It’s good to see Cronin return, even better he’s 100 percent.
Cronin took to Twitter to address his return.
Cincinnati coach Mick Cronin has missed the majority of this season as he works to recover from an arterial dissection in his brain.
He’s not allowed to coach, to go to games or to do anything that would get his blood pressure or heart rate up. He is allowed to watch the games, however, and on Thursday, when Cincinnati won a thriller in overtime over Purdue, Cronin watched from the team’s hotel in Louisville.
But the No. 8 seed Bearcats, win or lose, are leaving Louisville tonight, meaning they’ve already checked out of their hotel.
So where is Cronin watching today’s game against No. 1 seed Kentucky?
By himself in Rick Pitino’s office at the Yum! Center, he told the Cincinnati Enquirer. That’s good news, though. It means that he’s traveling with the team, which in turn means that he’s getting closer to returning to the sidelines.
“I’m close,” Cronin told the paper on Friday. “I’ve got some more tests and knock on wood, God willing, I’ll pass them.”
“My health has been diagnosed as decidedly better and I’ve just got more practice with them.”
Cincinnati head coach Mick Cronin has been away from the Bearcats since Dec. 20 as he deals with an arterial dissection. While Cronin has given the Cincinnati head coaching responsibilities to associate head coach Larry Davis for the rest of the 2014-15 season, he’s remained in an advisory role with the team.
On Sunday, Cronin returned in front of the home crowd for the first time since taking his leave of absence to help in Senior Day festivities and received a standing ovation from the Bearcat faithful.
With continued progress, Cronin will hopefully return to coaching Cincinnati next season, but it is nice to see him make an appearance to help honor Bearcat senior Jermaine Sanders.
Since Cronin left, Cincinnati has gone 14-7 under Davis and is fighting for a NCAA Tournament berth. The Bearcats enter Sunday’s game against Memphis at 21-9 and 12-5 in the American on the season.
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