University of Cincinnati reviewing allegations into Bearcats basketball program

A little over a week after six University of Cincinnati basketball players announced they were leaving the program and entering the NCAA transfer portal, the school announced it is reviewing allegations in the program.

“The University of Cincinnati, in conjunction with independent fact finders, will commence a review of allegations related to its men’s basketball program,” said Director of Athletics John Cunningham in a statement. “The University has always put the welfare of its student-athletes first. We feel this is an essential step to ensure that all of our athletic programs meet the highest standards.”

The 47-year-old Brannen just completed his second season as UC coach and guided the Bearcats to a 12-11 record in the 2020-21 season despite several players opting out of the season and several games missed due to COVID-19 issues. The Bearcats made a run to the American Athletic Conference championship game, but lost to Houston.

In Brannen’s first season as head coach in 2019-20, UC went 20-10 overall, but 13-5 in the American, which tied for first place.

Prior to being hired by UC he was head coach at Northern Kentucky University for four seasons and compiled an 81-51 record. His last three teams at NKU all won over 20 games and reached the postseason all three times (NCAA Tournament in 2017 and 2019 and the NIT in 2018).

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