Cincinnati coach John Brannen on leave amid school inquiry

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Cincinnati head coach John Brannen walks the sideline during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Houston, Sunday, Feb. 21, 2021, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith)

CINCINNATI (AP) The University of Cincinnati on Saturday put basketball coach John Brannen on paid leave pending an investigation after six Bearcats players decided to transfer last month.

The school announced March 26 that it had launched an investigation amid reports that a rift between Brannen and players had led to the requested transfers. Among the six who entered the transfer portal during a week in March were four members of the 2020 freshman class.

The Bearcats finished 12-11 in Brannen's second year at Cincinnati after a 20-10 season in 2019-20. He previously coached Northern Kentucky.


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