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Cincinnati to hire UNC Greensboro coach Wes Miller to take over Bearcats program after firing John Brannen

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Less than a week removed from firing John Brannen, Cincinnati has picked its next coach: UNC Greensboro’s Wes Miller. Sources told CBS Sports that Miller, regarded as one of the rising stars in the industry, has agreed to a six-year, $8 million deal with the Bearcats. 

Miller, 38, was recently a finalist at his alma mater, North Carolina, and is encroaching on the 200-win barrier before turning 40. He has been viewed as a mid-major coach destined for a power-conference job for a few years now. Cincinnati will be that spot. 

“I’m absolutely thrilled to be the head coach at the University of Cincinnati,” Miller said. “I’m thankful for President Pinto and (AD) John Cunningham for bringing me into the Bearcats family.  I am honored to lead such a storied program and excited to get to work. I also can’t thank UNCG enough because I wouldn’t be here without my players and athletic director Kim Record. This last decade coaching the Spartans has been extremely rewarding.”

UNC Greensboro is coming off an NCAA Tournament appearance, its second in the past three tournaments under Miller. The Spartans were a No. 13 seed and fell in the first round to Florida State. Miller went 185-135 in 10 seasons at UNCG and finished in the top three of the SoCon the past five seasons.

Cincinnati made nine straight NCAA Tournaments under Mick Cronin, who left in 2019 for UCLA. The Bearcats tied atop the American Athletic Conference standings in 2019-20 in Brannen’s first season, but were 12-11 this past season. Cincinnati athletic director John Cunningham, who fired Brannen, conducted the search himself.

For more on Wes Miller to Cincinnati, an emergency episode of Eye on College Basketball is below. The show also discusses Arizona hiring Gonzaga assistant Tommy Lloyd. Listen here. 


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