John Brannen: UC suspends basketball coach

The University of Cincinnati is suspending men's basketball coach John Brannen effective immediately.

Cincinnati Director of Athletics John Cunningham announced Saturday that Brannen has been placed on paid administrative leave pending the completion of a university review into the program.

There is no timeline for UC's review.

Brannen, who is 32-21 since being hired at Cincinnati in April 2019, did not return requests for comment from The Enquirer.

The suspension comes eight days after Cunningham announced the university would review allegations related to Brannen and the men's basketball program.

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"The University has always put the welfare of its student-athletes first," Cunningham said in a statement on March 26. "We feel this is an essential step to ensure that all of our athletic programs meet the highest standards."

The statement did not mention any specific allegations, only that the university would be working with independent fact-finders to conduct a review.

Cincinnati Bearcats head coach John Brannen walks back to the bench in the second half of a men's NCAA basketball game, Sunday, Feb. 28, 2021, at Fifth Third Arena in Cincinnati. The Memphis Tigers won, 80-74.

Six Cincinnati players entered the transfer portal over a three-day span following the Bearcats' 91-54 season-ending loss to Houston on March 14 in the American Athletic Conference tournament championship game. The defeat was UC's second lopsided loss to the Cougars in three weeks. The Bearcats lost 90-52 at Houston on Feb. 21. The loss in the AAC tournament final kept Cincinnati out of the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2010.

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