wnol.info December 18 2017


UofL freshman Brian Bowen won't play for Cards

December 18 2017, 02:41 | Irvin Gilbert

Brian Bowen will not play basketball at UofL

Suspended Brian Bowen won't play for Louisville, has option to transfer

Bowen, a McDonald's All-American, will receive written permission to transfer to and play for another school.

Head coach Rick Pitino was sacked last month as a result of the investigation, along with assistant coach Jordan Fair, associate head coach Kenny Johnson, and athletic director Tom Jurich.

Louisville interim athletic director Vince Tyra released a statement regarding Bowen, saying, "Brian has been a responsible young man for the institution since he enrolled". The fallout from the FBI investigation led to Louisville firing both head basketball coach Rick Pitino and Athletics Director Tom Jurich. But according to a criminal complaint unveiled by the U.S. Justice Department in September, Bowen agreed to attend Louisville only after Adidas executive Jim Gatto promised to pay the player's family $100,000. "He has endeared himself to his teammates and the men's basketball staff with a positive attitude during a very hard period".

'We got lucky on this one, ' Pitino told Terry Meiners of News Radio 840 soon after. The unnamed elite recruit committed to Louisville on June 3, the same date Bowen made his announcement that he had chosen the Cardinals. We spent zero dollars recruiting a five-star athlete who I loved when I saw him play. In my 40 years of coaching this is the luckiest I've been'. He was officially fired on October 16. That alone always made it hard to imagine him ever playing for the Cardinals, and it also makes it unlikely the NCAA will make Bowen eligible to play elsewhere if he transfers.



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