His return to the team has been a "hot button" topic with Cowboys fans, but OSU head coach Mike Gundy said he is resolute on giving Bowling another chance.
"I have no reservations about giving a young man a second chance, especially when they are under tight restraints," said Gundy. "I think Bo Bowling learned lessons and I think he is a better man because of it. He will have to do certain things and will be under a tight reign. Mistakes happen and it shouldn't mean the end of a young man's life or career."
Gundy said in an interview with Go Pokes that he was impressed by Bowling's efforts in the classroom while going through the situation with the legal system on his charges.
"He was in school, paid for it himself, and also made the grades he needed to stay eligible," said Gundy.
Bowling will wear No. 86 instead of the No. 8 he wore in 2008. That is not the only change as Bowling will not be on scholarship and will be a walk-on this season. It will be his last season as he is a senior and has just one season of eligibility remaining.
Bowling has already re-joined the team and is attending summer conditioning workouts.