Louisville not reinstating freshman Brian Bowen at center of FBI investigation

Louisville not reinstating freshman Brian Bowen at center of FBI investigation

Louisville freshman Brian Bowen, confirmed as the player alleged by the Federal Bureau of Investigation to have received up to $100,00 from apparel sponsor adidas in exchange for a commitment to the Cardinals, will not be allowed to re-join the Louisville basketball team.

UofL will clear him to contact other schools, the university said. He will remain on scholarship but can not practice.

"Brian has been a responsible young man for the institution since he enrolled", Vince Tyra, interim U of L athletics directors, said in the tweeted statement. 'He has endeared himself to his teammates and the men's basketball staff with a positive attitude during a very hard period'. However, he will not be allowed to practice or play for Louisville.

Gatto and his fellow defendants were indicted and accused of facilitating the bribe in order to persuade Bowen to attend Louisville. The school says it will not comment on the personnel matter.

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There has been major fallout at Louisville since the FBI investigation became public. The allegations ultimately led to the firing of Hall of Fame basketball coach Rick Pitino and tenured athletics director Tom Jurich. A message left with Bowen's Miami-based attorney, Jason Setchen, was not immediately returned.

Bowen, a 6-foot-7 small forward from Saginaw, Mich., was a five-star prospect coming out of high school. His status changed soon after the investigation unfolded and had been in question until Wednesday's announcement.

A two-time national champion and former NBA coach, Pitino was initially placed on unpaid administrative after he was implicated in the alleged scheme.

Louisville trustees fired Jurich on October 18 after 20 years as AD. Louisville parted ways with Fair five days later, exercising an option in his contract to terminate him without cause.

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