Cincinnati coach Brannen on leave amid inquiry

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CINCINNATI — The University of Cincinnati on Saturday put men’s 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 season at Cincinnati after a 20-10 record in 2019-20. He previously coached at Northern Kentucky.

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