By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The Louisville Cardinals have announced their prized recruit, Brian Bowen, will not play for the school at all after an alleged involvement in the FBI’s bribery scandal. In addition, the school also announced the firing of assistant coach Kenny Johnson.
He signed with the school this past June. Yet, he has been held out of practice and games since September when the school announced it was being investigated by the FBI for federal corruption of bribery in college basketball.
Ten individuals, including former Adidas executive James Gatto and four assistant coaches, were charged in the investigation.
The FBI caught Gatto and others, who reportedly attempted to funnel $100,000 to a recruit’s family to gain his recruitment for the Cardinals. The individual in question was Bowen, despite not being named in documents, but the investigators said that he was a freshman.
Last month, the Cardinals fired head coach Rick Pitino and athletic director Tom Jurich after arrests were made. Johnson, who was placed on administrative leave since the investigation was announced, before being fired on Thanksgiving Eve.
Bowen has been enrolled in classes at the school. The school also says that they would honor his scholarship if he remains at the school, but would not be allowed to play on the basketball team.
He has also been given permission to talk with other schools should he want to transfer. Right now, his playing career is over before it even started.
“Brian has been a responsible young man for the institution since he enrolled,” Cardinals 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 was a McDonald’s All-American and was considered to be the Cardinals prized recruits in his best recruiting class in recent years. He was supposed to help the Cardinals move forward past the NCAA Sanctions that was placed on the school in June, but now the Cardinals will have to move on without him.
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