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Dylan Hernández: Mick Cronin makes his last-ditch effort to try to salvage UCLA's season

Dylan Hernández, Los Angeles Times on

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LOS ANGELES — Mick Cronin was to the point.

"It's a simple game," he said. "Team that plays harder usually wins."

Cronin paused for a beat.

"They played much harder than us. They were more physical. They had humility. They came in looking for redemption."

Cronin paused again.

"We had no humility, and show me somebody that's not humble and I'll show you somebody getting ready to get humbled. We had our worst week of practice of the season. I failed miserably to get my team ready for the fight that was coming today, and I'm thoroughly embarrassed.

 

"I apologize to the people wearing the four letters."

Cronin went on like this for more than 11 minutes after UCLA's deflating 62-56 loss to USC at Pauley Pavilion on Saturday night.

This was more than one of his signature tirades. This was more than an example of his trademark tough love.

This was Cronin's final effort to salvage the Bruins' season.

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