Louisville not reinstating freshman Brian Bowen at center of FBI investigation

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The University of Louisville has told freshman Brian Bowen he can remain on scholarship but will never play for the Cardinals.

According to Jeff Greer of the Louisville Courier-Journal, the school also announced it will allow Bowen to seek a transfer if he so chooses.

"Brian has been a responsible young man for the institution since he enrolled", Louisville interim athletic director Vince Tyra said.

The FBI alleged that an Adidas executive funneled $100,000 to the family of an elite recruit to play at Louisville and represent the shoe-apparel giant after he turns pro. On November 2, the FBI informed Louisville that it could begin its own investigation into the allegations with an eye on determining Bowen's eligibility and possibly re-instating him.

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Per ESPN's Jeff Goodman, a source indicated Louisville did not seek reinstatement for Bowen prior to Wednesday's decision.

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

Johnson was put on paid leave October 6 along with former assistant Jordan Fair, who was let go on October 11. Head coach Rick Pitino was sacked, as was AD Tom Jurich.

Johnson, a former assistant coach at Towson and IN, worked on Pitino's staff for three seasons.

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