Published: Sat, January 13, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Louisville's Bowen admitted to SC

Louisville's Bowen admitted to SC

Bowen was ranked as the No. 13-overall player in the nation by 247sports, having committed to play for then-Louisville head coach Rick Pitino back in June.

"I'm really excited to get an opportunity like this with a terrific coach like Frank Martin and a program like South Carolina", Bowen told ESPN.

SC is an interesting choice, because it was one of the schools that had employed an assistant coach who was arrested as part of the case.

Brian Bowen was suspended by Louisville soon after the Federal Bureau of Investigation revealed details of its probe in September, and his new school hopes to get him on the court next season.

Martin says USC president Dr. Harris Pastides and athletics director Ray Tanner signed off on Bowen's enrollment which has started with the spring semester.

As a result of the documents, Hall of Fame coach Rick Pitino was ousted and Bowen was suspended, and although he was cleared for reinstatement by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the school opted not to seek reinstatement with the NCAA.


Louisville announced in November that it had informed Bowen he would never be allowed to practice or play for the Cardinals at any point in the future. He enrolled at SC on Monday, is on scholarship and will practice with the team once he gets his bearings on campus, Martin said. He would miss the next two semesters as a transfer before he could return to the court.

"I trust the people I work for", the coach said.

Other schools in recent weeks had contacted the NCAA about Bowen's situation and were not given firm, clear answers about how they should proceed.

Martin said Bowen and his family were moved by the university's willingness to bring him in despite the very bad time since the college corruption scandal broke in late September.

Meanwhile, both Bowen and SC officials expressed happiness with his new situation.

While Bowen has not practiced yet, Martin said his addition has brought a jolt of energy to the program, which advanced to the Final Four a year ago. He wants to enjoy it, wants to be a teammate.

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