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Louisville has been given the go-ahead to re-instate Brian Bowen.

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TGIF, ‘Nova Nation! The FBI has apparently let Louisville know that they are free to conduct their own investigation and possibly reinstate Brian Bowen. That’s not to say they will clear him, because Bowen may not be eligible by the NCAA verdict. But this is notable progress.

Which brings me back to Jahvon Quinerly. As not-quite-named player in the probe, Quinerly’s status is up in the air as well. But if the FBI is saying they’re done with Bowen, they’re probably not far off from giving Quinerly the all-clear to work with the NCAA to figure out what’s to come.

Keep an eye on that - I’m still convinced that Villanova is taking a wait and see approach with him. A final decision - whatever that may be - seems like it may be progressing given this news on Bowen.

And now, the “news.”

Attorney: Feds clear Brian Bowen, Louisville can reinstate him | Courier-Journal
Bowen's attorney says University of Louisville has been given clearance to start investigation, reinstatement process.

O’Neil: Auburn suspensions could be just the beginning | The Athletic
Auburn announced on Thursday it is withholding two of its basketball players from competition because of “potential eligibility issues.’’

On conference call, Self and others advise cheating coaches to come clean | The Athletic
With an FBI investigation looming over its sport, the National Association of Basketball Coaches recently hosted a conference call, inviting all 351 coaches.

2017-18 Big East Conference Primer | City of Basketball Love
Since the conference re-aligned back in 2014, the Big East had arguably its best year in terms of talent last season.

First impressions on Villanova's scrimmage against Drexel
Sixth-ranked Villanova played Drexel in an NCAA-sanctioned charity exhibition game Wednesday night at the Jake Nevin Field House. Here's a few quick thoughts.

Omari Spellman, Villanova experiment in exhibition win over Drexel | NBC Sports Philadelphia
Villanova showed a variety of potential, as did new centerpiece Omari Spellman, in an 87-68 exhibition win over Drexel on Wednesday.

Tyler Herro sets Kentucky official visit | Scout
Tyler Herro has downgraded his Villanova (and Oregon) officials to a maybe. That does not bode well.

Ranking every team in college basketball from 1-351 | ESPN
The big names are obvious: Arizona, Duke, Michigan State and on and on. But where does your team fall? Top 50? Top 100? The more you scroll, the worse it gets. Top 200? You just hope you aren't No. 351. Villanova comes in at #5.

Analyzing The Big East’s Non-Conference Schedules For 2017-18 | Blogging the Bracket
Big East members, step forward if you tried when you built your early schedule for 2017. Not so fast, Georgetown.