College basketball notebook: Cincinnati doesn't look far to find new coach
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Cincinnati has hired Northern Kentucky's John Brannen as its new head coach, the school announced Sunday. Brannen replaces Mick Cronin, who recently left to take over UCLA's program.
Brannen, 45, guided Northern Kentucky to a 26-9 record this season and went 81-51 over four seasons. The Norse reached two NCAA Tournaments, including this season when they fell to eventual national runner-up Texas Tech in the first round.
Northern Kentucky's campus -- located in Highland Heights, Ky. -- is just nine miles away from the Cincinnati campus.
Cronin went 296-147 in 13 seasons with the Bearcats and reached the NCAA Tournament after each of the past nine seasons.
--Wofford announced the promotion of associate coach Jay McAuley to head coach to replace longtime coach Mike Young.
Young's departure to Virginia Tech after a school-best 30-5 record created the opening.
McAuley has served two two-season stints as an assistant with the Terriers, from 2008-10 and 2017-19. This is his first head coaching position.
--Los Angeles Lakers assistant coach Mark Madsen has been hired as the new head coach at Utah Valley, the school announced following numerous news reports. Madsen, 43, replaces Mark Pope, who was hired at BYU after leading the Wolverines to a 25-10 season in 2018-19.
Madsen played nine seasons in the NBA from 2000-09, winning two championships in three years with the Lakers before playing the rest of his career with the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Madsen's bench experience includes serving as an assistant coach for the Lakers for two seasons under Byron Scott (2014-16) and three under Luke Walton (2016-19). He was also head coach of the Lakers' G League team for a season and an assistant coach at his alma mater Stanford in 2012-13.