“Today I was notified that I have been relieved of my duties as the Head Basketball Coach at the University of Cincinnati,” Brannen wrote.. “The last three weeks have been an emotional roller coaster for my family, our staff and our players. I am disappointed with this decision for a long list of reasons, but mostly because it was made long before the university even commenced its ‘investigation’ into the basketball program. I look forward to the opportunity to bring the true facts to light.
“I am thankful to have had the opportunity to realize a lifelong dream of being the head coach of the Cincinnati men’s basketball team and am proud of what we’ve accomplished in the last two years. I wish the student-athletes and the basketball staff at Cincinnati nothing but the best. Lisa and I appreciate all of the kind words and support we have received from the many coaches, staff and stakeholders of the university.”
UC announced March 26 it would begin a review of allegations related to the program. That news came after six players entered the transfer portal in a three-day stretch in March after Cincinnati’s season ended with a 91-54 loss to Houston in the American Athletic Conference championship game.
UC’s decision also affects Brannen’s coaching staff. According to a report by Justin Williams, of The Athletic, Jayson Gee and Sean Dwyer are no longer with the program.
Gee is a Springfield native who was Clark County’s Mr. Basketball in 1984 as a senior at South High School when he helped lead the Wildcats to a 20-0 regular season. He previously was an assistant coach at Winthrop. He was a head coach at his alma mater, the University of Charleston, from 1996 to 2003 and at Longwood University from 2013 to 2018. He has a career coaching record of 202-175.