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

Louisville bans Brian Bowen from playing allowed to transfer elsewhere

It also will give Bowen written permission to contact other programs about transferring, if he desires to leave. Federal investigators told Louisville this month that Bowen had been cleared in their investigation, but questions remain as to whether he would be eligible as a player after federal and NCAA investigations into the scandal are complete.

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

Bowen's recruitment became a focal point of the FBI's investigation into corruption in college basketball. It is alleged that Louisville coaches helped to funnel money from Adidas to Bowen's family in exchange for his decision to play for Pitino.

Bowen was a five-star recruit and McDonald's All-American. Pitino has insisted he was not involved in the scandal.

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Louisville also announced Wednesday that it has parted ways with assistant coach Kenny Johnson. But his anticipated playing career there is over before ever getting started. In my 40 years of coaching this is the luckiest I've been'.

'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.

One option for Bowen could be to play professionally overseas for a few months this season like Emmanuel Mudiay, Terrence Ferguson and Brandon Jennings each did after being declared ineligible for college basketball.

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