The prized freshman at the center of Louisville's latest men's basketball scandal will try to jumpstart his stalled career at another school.
"The way it's been expressed to me is that the young man has been cleared by the FBI", Martin said.
By transferring to South Carolina, Bowen inches closer to making his NCAA debut, but it's equally plausible he never plays for the Gamecocks, either.
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Suspended Louisville freshman Brian Bowen Jr. has signed to play with SC. The fallout from the probe has included the dismissals of longtime coach Rick Pitino, who has repeatedly denied knowledge of any payments to players, a pair of assistant coaches and the school's athletic director.
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Based on NCAA transfer rules, Bowen will have to sit for two semesters before being eligible to play.
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"The best part about life is when you can go on to the next chapter and start enjoying life again", Martin said.
Ten people, including four assistant coaches and Adidas executive James Gatto, were initially charged in the investigation. SC coach Frank Martin sees no downside in adding suspended Louisville forward Brian Bowen Jr.to the Gamecocks.
"Brian deserves a fresh start and I would like to thank our University administration, President Pastides, our Board of Trustees and Ray Tanner for their hard work and guidance in helping Brian become a member of our Gamecock family", SC head coach Frank Martin said.
Bowen has been admitted into the university and will seek reinstatement from the NCAA, according to the report. This circumstance was cited in Justice Department documents that did not mention him by name, but presented facts about the timing of his commitment that only could describe Bowen.
Bowen, a 6-foot-7 forward, was a five-star prospect who committed to Louisville in early June, even though the U of L staff had not recruited him for several years.
The school suspended Bowen following the FBI's announcement of its far-reaching investigation into corruption and bribery allegations at several major universities.