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Mick Cronin isn't a fan of tough talk, but he wants UCLA to be tough

LOS ANGELES - The word most often used to describe Mick Cronin's teams is not one his players will hear him use.

"I've never discussed being tougher," Cronin said Friday in his first meeting with reporters since being hired as UCLA's basketball coach last month, precisely because he could inject some toughness into a program lacking in that department.

To Cronin, being tougher means shirking the easy way out in favor of the harder play. It's getting to the basket and drawing a foul as opposed to

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