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Mick Cronin focused on transforming UCLA men's basketball team into a winner

LOS ANGELES - The photo op was meant to showcase the six letters on the back of the jersey.

Mick Cronin stood and obliged briefly, clutching both corners of the blue-and-white fabric bearing his last name, before turning the jersey around so the clicking cameras could capture what was on the front: UCLA.

"This is the most important," Cronin said. "The four letters are more important than my name."

The Bruins have hired a basketball coach who reveres the school so much that he used to lie awake at night watching its teams play, pondering what it would be like

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