Brian Bowen, player tied to Rick Pitino’s firing, will not play for Louisville

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Louisville announced Wednesday that freshman Brian Bowen will not play for the university.

Bowen is not allowed to practice or play for the team. He will remain on scholarship as long as he is at Louisville but could transfer to another school, according to the university.

“Brian has been a responsible young man for the institution since he enrolled,” Louisville interim athletic director Vince Tyra said. “He has endeared himself to his teammates and the men’s basketball staff with a positive attitude during a very difficult period.”

Along with possibly transferring, Bowen could choose to pursue professional opportunities.

Bowen was suspended indefinitely in late September after an FBI investigation into corruption and bribery in college basketball recruiting. Federal documents allege that Adidas funneled $100,000 to an unnamed player, later identified as Bowen, to sign with Louisville at the request of a Cardinals coach.

The investigation into the Louisville program resulted in the firing of head coach Rick Pitino last month.

Earlier this month, Bowen’s lawyer told ESPN that the FBI had cleared the

Article source: http://www.espn.com/mens-college-basketball/story/_/id/21515539/brian-bowen-center-scandal-led-rick-pitino-firing-not-play-louisville-cardinals

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