Cincinnati is firing men's basketball coach John Brannen less than a week after placing him on paid administrative leave amid a university review of the program, the school announced Friday. The school first announced its review of allegations involving the program late last month.

"This afternoon, we informed Men's Basketball Head Coach John Brannen that he has been relieved of his duties effective immediately," a statement from UC Athletic Director John Cunningham said. "Tim Morris will serve as interim Head Coach while we conduct a comprehensive nationwide search for a new leader of our men's basketball program.

"The decision to move in a new direction comes after a thorough review of our program, which included conversations with student-athletes, coaches and staff, as well as with Coach Brannen. Ultimately, the University is acting in the best interest of our student-athletes and of the institution, and this decision is reflective of our commitment to both, as well as to our values that we hold dear.