UC asks court to toss fired basketball coach John Brannen’s lawsuit

The University of Cincinnati has filed a motion asking a federal judge to dismiss the lawsuit of former men's basketball coach John Brannen for damages from his firing.

Brannen, who was let go April 9 after two seasons, filed the federal lawsuit May 21, seeking compensatory damages, punitive damages and a more than $5 million buyout he says he's due. He also is asking for a jury trial in the case, which names Director of Athletics John Cunningham and UC President Neville G. Pinto individually as well UC.

In a two-page motion and a 21-page supporting memorandum filed on Friday, lawyers for UC say the Eleventh Amendment and another federal law make Brannen's suit "legally defective" even if each allegation made in his suit was true. 

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