Suspended Louisville forward Bowen enrolls at South Carolina

Suspended Louisville forward Bowen enrolls at South Carolina

Bowen told Goodman that his goal remained to play college basketball.

"The way it's been expressed to me is that the young man has been cleared by the FBI", Martin said.

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Suspended Louisville freshman Brian Bowen Jr. has signed to play with SC.

The Bowen scandal proved to be the final straw for Louisville head coach Rick Pitino and athletic director Tom Jurich, both of whom were effectively fired.

The 6-foot-7 forward enrolled at SC this week.

Bowen will have to sit two semesters before he is eligible to play due to NCAA transfer rules.

Ten people, including four assistant coaches and Adidas executive James Gatto, were initially charged in the investigation.

According to Jeff Goodman of ESPN, Bowen has already been admitted at SC where he will seek reinstatement from the NCAA.


"Brian deserves a fresh start, and I would like to thank our university administration, President (Harris) Pastides, our board of trustees and Ray Tanner for their hard work and guidance in helping Brian become a member of our Gamecock family".

Bowen has been admitted into the university and will seek reinstatement from the NCAA, according to the report.

Bowen says he knew nothing about the payment, but Louisville suspended him indefinitely, and gave him the opportunity to transfer. The federal complaint stated that Gatto and others attempted to funnel $100,000 to a recruit's family to gain his commitment to play for Louisville.

USC coach Frank Martin announced on Wednesday that Bowen, a 6-foot-7, 195-pound freshman forward from Saginaw, Michigan, has enrolled at USC and has joined the Gamecocks.

Earlier Wednesday, a UofL spokesman confirmed to WAVE 3 News that Bowen was no longer enrolled at UofL.

A call and email sent to Bowen's attorney, Jason Setchen, from The Associated Press were not immediately returned. The bribery scandal is what led to the ousting of Rick Pitino. Bowen will add to the competitiveness during workouts, giving the Gamecocks a five-star talent to learn with.

The Gamecocks went to the Final Four a year ago under Martin.

"Brian is an exceptional young man and a basketball player with a very high IQ for the game", Martin said.

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