Despite a future clouded by the possibility of NCAA investigation and the uncertainty of his own job status after the season, David Padgett is trying to salvage UofL Basketball’s recruiting classes for 2018 and beyond. It may be an uphill battle, but there are two highly thought of former commits still interested in the Cards.
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Brian Bowen may yet suit up for the University of Louisville Cardinals Men’s Basketball team. Bowen was a 5 star, McDonald’s All-American player in the 2017 class that was at the center of a pay for play scandal uncovered by the FBI. The scandal cost Tom Jurich and Rick Pitino their jobs.
Per Tim Sullivan of the Courier Journal, the FBI has informed UofL they may now do an internal investigation into Bowen to see if he could possibly be reinstated.
Bowen’s attorney Jason Setchen told Sullivan that there are no more “investigative impediments” on Bowen and UofL was free to do internal investigations and consider his reinstatement.
Sullivan wrote, “The university has yet to clarify whether Bowen has simply been suspended on a precautionary basis or been declared ineligible, which would make his reinstatement subject to NCAA approval.” So, Bowen’s reinstatement may be in the hands of the NCAA and not UofL.
According to Sullivan, it appears Bowen’s father, along with at least 1 UofL coach, Adidas representatives, and others were in on the scheme.
Setchen told Sullivan that Bowen was not involved and brought up the Cam Newton case from a few years ago. That case involved Newton’s father attempting to get Mississippi State to pay for his son’s services. Setchen told Sullivan he believes the circumstances are similar.
Sullivan talked to an attorney from Atlanta named Stuart Brown who has dealt with NCAA eligibility issues. Brown told Sullivan he believes Bowen will likely be reinstated with the evidence he’s viewed so far.
“I would suspect the young man would get reinstated with some repayment and community service stipulations and some meaningful withholding (from competition), but certainly not a whole season,” Brown advised Sullivan. “That’s presuming that the institution decides that a violation occurred.”
You can read Sullivan’s entire article in full detail below.
Tim Sullivan has now written an opinion piece. In it, he advised UofL can no longer just sit idly by and use the FBI investigation as a crutch in dealing with eligibility questions involving Brian Bowen.
You can read Sullivan’s full Courier Journal article via Jeff Greer’s tweet below.
Jeff Borzello and Jeff Goodman of ESPN both spoke with Setchen about Bowen. Borzello wrote an article and it basically confirmed what Setchen had told Tim Sullivan. You can read Borzello’s story and information Setchen provided to Goodman via Goodman’s tweet below.
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Coaches and other members of UofL’s Athletic Department are saddened and sullen now that the leader they had all known for so long has been unceremoniously fired.
Courier Journal reporter Danielle Lerner wrote an article detailing the general mood of sadness around the UofL Athletic Department formerly run by Tom Jurich.
Kenny Johnson photo courtesy 247sports.com. Jordan Fair photo courtesy of gocards.com
Kenny Johnson’s and Jordan Fair’s Letters of Suspension were obtained by the Courier Journal through an Open Records request yesterday. The letters were actually composed by Acting Athletic Director Vince Tyra and sent out to both coaches on October 6th.
Of course, we all already know Jordan Fair has now been fired without cause and Johnson remains on paid administrative leave.
Jeff Greer, from the Courier-Journal, spoke with big Russ and confirmed that his son has signed a new deal with a team in China.
“Smith, the 6-foot guard who averaged 61.2 points per game last season in China’s second-tier league, signed a one-year deal with the Fujian Sturgeons, who play in the top-flight Chinese Basketball Association.”
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The University of Louisville has until August 9th to file its written response to the NCAA Infractions Committee. Louisville will do so and will appeal the financial penalty and the vacation of records ordered in June by the NCAA’s Committee on Infractions. “U of L also told the NCAA that it wished to have the organization’s Infractions Appeals Committee hold an in-person hearing instead of basing the appeal only on written correspondence.” – Per the Courier-Journal.
Here are the links to the post game videos from Damion Lee & Trey Lewis. It is from the Courier-Journal. You guys will surely be missed and we thank you for helping us through this season. You guys are both class acts! Please enjoy!
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Great story I read yesterday from Steve Jones from the Courier Journal. I felt it was my obligation to pass it along. Enjoy!
No combine invite, but Burgess training hard Steve Jones, @stevejones_cj
Louisville All-ACC linebacker James Burgess said he was shocked to learn this month that he’d not been invited to this week’s NFL draft scouting combine. But he’s eager to try to prove his professional potential in other ways.
“That came from left field. I don’t know where that came from,” Burgess said of not making the combine. “But I don’t make the list. All I can do is put up good numbers at my pro day. Hopefully a lot of scouts come there and see what I’m capable of doing. I didn’t see (the lack of a combine invitation) coming at all, but you can’t do anything about it. You can’t pout about it.”
Former Louisville Cardinal Montrezl Harrell met with some media members on Friday in Chicago while at the NBA Draft Combine. Jeff Greer of the Courier-Journal has transcribed his interview, and you can check that out right here. This is about half of it, there will be a link at the bottom to read the rest of it.
How’s the draft process going so far?
It’s been a pretty smooth process. It’s definitely been a tough grind, switching from the college game to getting more prepared for the NBA, but it’s definitely been a smooth process.
What part of your game translates the easiest to the NBA?
Rebounding, playing with high energy and a high motor all the time during the game. I definitely feel like I can carry that over to the NBA and be able to play like that for the full length of the game.
55. Not just a random number to me. It’s a number that has followed me around my life. It was always my number in any sports I played. Whenever I create players on games they are always 55. It’s the number that comes after 54. One day I hope to live to see the age of 55. All valid points. Today I monitored twitter a little more than often and noticed that its getting as bad as Facebook there. So many things going down in one day. So many gripes, so many issues. So I decided to put down a list of 55 things I observed today. Here we go in no particular order.