Roughly a week after launching an investigation into their men’s basketball program, the Cincinnati Bearcats have decided to suspend head coach John Brannen.
Justin Williams of The Athletic was first to report the news, stating that it’s an indefinite suspension for Brannen. He also provided some details as to what could come out of this situation.
“Suspension lasts until UC external review is complete,” Williams said. “It is believed the review is exploring potential of for-cause firing. No timeline on UC’s review.”
This investigation started after six basketball players left the program in March due to an alleged rift with Brannen. Cincinnati released a statement on its investigation at that time.
“The University has always put the welfare of its student-athletes first,” Cincinnati said in a press release. “We feel this is an essential step to ensure that all of our athletic programs meet the highest standards.”
Suspension lasts until UC external review is complete. It is believed the review is exploring potential of for-cause firing. No timeline on UC's review.
— Justin Williams (@Williams_Justin) April 3, 2021
An anonymous player said he nearly lost his love for the game of basketball due to Brannen.
“It was just hard. To the point where, at some points during the season, I kind of didn’t love the game of basketball,” one player said, via The Athletic. “It wasn’t fun to me anymore. I lost the love of the game. And I feel like that’s all because of Coach Brannen. That’s just being honest. It’s not the teammates, not the fans. It was never about that. It was about one guy.”
Brannen owns a 32-20 record since taking over as the head coach for the Bearcats in 2019.
It’ll be very interesting to see what comes out of this investigation.