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The American's awkward start

A creation of realignment, it begins as a mix of different agendas and destinations

Originally Published: July 11, 2013
By Dana O'Neil | ESPN.com

If only Mick Cronin had kept all of the coaching swag. He could be a walking, talking, golf shirt-wearing historian for Cincinnati's conference affiliation.

As a kid growing up in Cincinnati, he rooted for a Bearcats team competing in the Metro Conference. As an assistant with Bob Huggins, he coached UC through the Great Midwest and then Conference USA. Finally as head coach, he guided the university through the rigors of the Big East.

Now Cronin leads Cincinnati into its first year ...

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