Louisville announces Bowen will not play for Cardinals

Louisville announced on Wednesday that freshman Brian Bowen will not play for the university due to his involvement in a scheme in which money was allegedly funneled to his family to sign with the Cardinals.

Bowen is not allowed to practice or play for the team, although he will remain on scholarship for as long as he is at the university. He could choose to transfer or decide to pursue professional basketball.

Bowen was suspended indefinitely in September following an FBI investigation into corruption and bribery in college basketball recruiting. That investigation resulted in Bowen being identified as the player that Adidas funneled $100,000 to at the request of a Cardinals coach.

Louisville ultimately fired athletic director Tom Jurich and coach Rick Pitino, who has maintained he knew nothing about the scheme. The university also announced on Wednesday that it has terminated the employment of former associate head coach Kenny Johnson, who had been placed on paid administrative leave after the FBI investigation.

“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.”

Bowen is a 6-foot-7 small forward from Saginaw, Mich. who played his high school ball at the La Lumiere School in Indiana. He announced his commitment to Louisville in June as the final five-star prospect in the class of 2017 to choose a school. He chose the Cardinals over Michigan State, Arizona and Texas, with Bowen also expressing interest in DePaul, Florida State and Oregon.

Louisville was a late addition to his list of schools after reportedly visiting the campus at the end of May.

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