Bowen Suspended; Langford Steering Clear
NEW ALBANY, Ind. -- A top recruit from Indiana is suspended and another top recruit is steering clear.
Earlier this week a federal indictment listed 10 people, including four college basketball coaches, who are charged in a bribery case. Former Pacers player Chuck Person, an associate coach at Auburn, was one of the coaches named.
Also listed, though not charged, is Louisville Head Coach Rick Pitino. Referred to as "Coach-2" in the indictment, Pitino is accused of being involved in a scheme to funnel money to five-star recruit Brian Bowen as a bribe to sign with Louisville. Bowen, who played at La Lumiere in La Porte in northern Indiana, is named as "Player-10" in the report.
As a result, both Pitino and Louisville athletic director Tom Jurich has be fired. Bowen has been suspended by the school.
Meanwhile, New Albany High School senior Romeo Langford, also a five-star recruit has been watching the situation closely. Now WHAS11 in Louisville reports that Langford has eliminated Louisville as one of his top choices as he nears his decision on a commitment.
Langford is the fifth-ranked player in the 2018-class according to Scout.com. He's still considering Indiana, Kentucky, Kansas, North Carolina, Vanderbilt and UCLA.
(PHOTO: Brian Bowen. Cred: David Banks/Getty Images)