Dick Vitale has been one of the most outspoken members of the media about Louisville as the program navigates through their alleged role in the adidas pay-for-play scandal.
The ESPN commentator had more to say about the situation on Wednesday night.
Louisville freshman Brian Bowen, identified as the athlete alleged by the FBI to have been given up to $100,000 from adidas in return for a commitment to the team will not be allowed to re-join the Cardinals.
The allegations ultimately resulted in the firing of Hall of Fame basketball coach Rick Pitino and tenured athletics director Tom Jurich.
Vitale went on Twitter to express his disagreement with the Bowen decision.
— Dick Vitale (@DickieV) November 23, 2017
Bowen has steadfastly denied that he was aware about the payments, which reportedly were given to his family. On Nov. 2, the FBI informed Louisville that it could start its own investigation regarding the allegations with an eye on evaluating Bowen’s eligibility and potentially re-instating him.
However, Louisville has determined Bowen can continue to receive his athletic scholarship should he choose to continue attending classes at the university yet he cannot re-join the basketball team.
“Brian has been a responsible young man for the institution since he enrolled,” Louisville Interim athletics director Vince Tyra said in the statement. “He has endeared himself to his teammates and the men’s basketball staff with a positive attitude during a very difficult period.”
Bowen’s lawyer, Jason Setchen, informed ESPN’s Jeff Goodman that Louisville didn’t tell Bowen about the decision prior to releasing its statement. Setchem said Bowen learned about it on Twitter.
Vitale was heavily critical of Louisville for the firings of Pitino and Jurich.
FACT/Rick Pitino passed a lie detector test issued by ex @FBI agent who specializes in the tests. I ask again y did UL rush to judgement ?
— Dick Vitale (@DickieV) October 16, 2017
— Dick Vitale (@DickieV) October 3, 2017
Louisville is 3-0 this season under interim head coach David Padgett.