Brian Bowen not allowed to play at Louisville

Brian Bowen not allowed to play at Louisville

'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.

One of the players at the center of the FBI's probe into college basketball, Bowen has remained on scholarship, but has been on indefinite suspension to start the season.

Bowen's recruitment became a focal point of the FBI's investigation into corruption in college basketball.

Louisville also announced Wednesday that it has "parted ways" with associate head coach Kenny Johnson, who was not named in the FBI's criminal complaint but was placed on administrative leave after the school said it was looking into his role in the FBI investigation.

Bowen was a top-20 prospect out of the 2017 cycle, labeled the No. 5 small forward and No. 2 player in the state of Indiana (La Lumiere School) by 247Sports.

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

The program noted it will allow written permission should Bowen choose to transfer to another school.

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.

"We got lucky on this one", Pitino told Terry Meiners of News Radio 840. They had to come in unofficially, pay for their hotel, pay for their meals. Bowen could also opt to play one year in the National Basketball Association G League or just train by himself in preparation for the draft like fellow McDonald's All-American Mitchell Robinson is doing. Johnson had coached with former head coach Rick Pitino for three years.

'I had no reason to know about the conspiracy described in the complaint, and no reason to know about the complicity of any UL assistant coach or staff member in any bribery conspiracy, ' the affidavit read.

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