NCAA Basketball News
CINCINNATI (AP) Cincinnati has fired men’s basketball coach John Brannen following an investigation into reports of a rift with Bearcats players. The school fired Brannen on Friday, six days after he was put on paid leave after six Cincinnati players decided to transfer last month. Tim Morris will serve as interim coach until a replacement is hired.
Mike Smith never got to play in front of a Crisler Center crowd, but he made about as big of an impact as a one-year player could in high-major college basketball — helping the Maize and Blue to a Big Ten title, No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament and an Elite Eight appearance — and now he’s off to pursue the NBA. From Darius Morris to Trey Burke to Derrick Walton Jr. to Zavier Simpson, Michigan has had stellar point guard play over the last decade, and Smith kept that going this past year. The Columbia graduate transfer came in last offseason and immediately took to the culture head coach Juwan Howard had in place, which was step one.