Testimony at a trial about secret payments in college basketball closed Tuesday after prosecutors asked the jury to focus on texts and phone calls, some involving legendary Louisville coach Rick Pitino, about Brian Bowen Jr. in the days before the prized prospect committed to Louisville.
The government showed that in May 2017 two of the three men charged with fraud texted about whether any schools sponsored by Adidas were interested in Bowen, also being recruited by Nike-sponsored Oregon. One of them texted Pitino about Bowen, and Pitino responded: "We would love to have him."
None of the evidence gave an indication Pitino knew anything about an alleged scheme to give Bowen's father $100,000 in violation of NCAA rules, but the case led to Louisville firing Pitino.
OSU's Bosa exits
Ohio State defensive end Nick Bosa's college football career is over. The injured All-America player intends to withdraw from school to spend time rehabilitating and training for an NFL career. He is expected to be a first-round draft pick.
No. 2 Ohio State made the announcement on Tuesday.
Bosa suffered a core muscle injury against TCU on Sept. 15. He had surgery five days later, with no timetable set for a return.
Louisville player charged
• Louisville tight end Kemari Averett was arrested and charged with putting a gun to his girlfriend's head and threatening to kill her after accusing her of stealing his laptop.
Huskers coach out
Longtime Nebraska women's gymnastics coach Dan Kendig retired Tuesday after he and athletic director Bill Moos met to discuss possible NCAA compliance issues in the program.
Kendig coached the Cornhuskers 25 seasons and led them to 12 NCAA Super Six Finals.
Moos did not detail the compliance issues.
AROUND THE HORN
MLS: D.C. United defender Chris Odoi-Atsem has been diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma and will have four months of chemotherapy. Odoi-Atsem, 23, was drafted 12th overall by D.C. United in 2017.
Tennis: American Tennys Sandgren upset fifth-seeded Lucas Pouille 6-4, 6-4 in the first round of the Stockholm Open.