College basketball coaching changes: John Brannen hired by Cincinnati to replace Mick Cronin

Northern Kentucky coach John Brannen was hired Sunday by Cincinnati athletic director Mike Bohn, making Brannen the successor to Mick Cronin, who was hired by UCLA on April 9. 

Brannen guided NKU to a 72-30 record the past three seasons and made the NCAA Tournament twice with the Norse. In getting the job, Brannen won out over associate head coach Darren Savino, who will now go to UCLA with Cronin. 

"He has a proven record as a head coach, longtime ties to the local community and coaches an exciting style of basketball," Bohn said Sunday of Brannen. "We were impressed with his passion, drive, determination and basketball acumen during the interview process where he truly emerged as the best coach to lead the Cincinnati basketball program with a bright future."

Brannen previously spent time as an assistant at Alabama and VCU, among other spots. 

This was the latest move on the carousel, though Sunday also brought hires at Utah Valley (Mark Madsen) and Wofford (Jay McCauley).

On Thursday, Nevada hired former UCLA coach Steve Alford to a 10-year contract. Alford, who has a career record of 509-269 in 24 seasons at the D-I level, will take his fifth job in these ranks. He was previously also at Missouri State, Iowa and New Mexico and UCLA. It's a high-profile hire for Nevada, which is trying to steady itself as a top-three Mountain West program on an annual basis. Alford was previously successful in the league when he was at UNM. Keep in mind: Alford made three Sweet 16s at UCLA. 

We're now up to 53 jobs that have gone or will undergo changeover at this point. Below, our tracker on the latest, with the schools who have not made a hire yet listed up top.

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