Cincinnati put men’s basketball coach John Brannen on paid administrative leave on Saturday pending a university review of the Bearcats program.
The school announced last week that it was investigating “allegations related to their men’s basketball program.” No specific allegations were made.
“The university has always put the well-being of its athletes first,” said Sports Director John Cunningham in a March 26 statement. “We believe this is an essential step in ensuring that all of our sports programs are of the highest standard.”
The 47-year-old Brannen led the Bearcats to a 12:11 record in 2020/21. This season, several players dropped out of the season and several games were canceled as part of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The season ended with a 91-54 loss to Houston in the final of the American Athletic Conference tournament on March 14th.
Brannen led Cincinnati to a 20-10 record in its first season with the program in 2019-20, and finished first in the American Athletic Conference with a 13-5 record.
Brannen trained in northern Kentucky for four seasons before replacing Mick Cronin, who is now the head coach at UCLA.
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