Chane Behanan Suspended Indefinitely by Louisville Cardinals
Updates for Tuesday, Nov. 12
Behanan is officially back according to Nick Coffey of TheCardinalConnect.com:
Chane Behanan making his first appearance this season following an indefinite suspension.— Nick Coffey (@TheCardConnect) November 13, 2013
From Pat Forde of Yahoo! Sports:
According to JD Coffey of The Cardinal Connect, Behanan is returning to practice today:
Louisville head coach Rick Pitino shared some good news at Friday afternoon’s press conference.
Junior forward Chane Behanan, who has been suspended from the program indefinitely since October, 17, will practice with the team on Friday for the first team since the suspension.
“He’s learned to be accountable by himself and to do things for himself,” Pitino says of Behanan. “This situation is a blessing for him”
When asked about what type of shape Behanan is currently in, Pitino made it clear that he has zero concerns in regards to his conditioning. He says Behanan could play tomorrow and you wouldn’t be able to tell that he’s been held out of practices.
From Steve Jones of The Courier-Journal:
Pitino: I have no idea when (Behanan) is coming back.— Steve Jones (@SteveJones_CJ) October 28, 2013
From WDRB.com's John Lewis:
Louisville forward Chane Behanan's indefinite suspension may be coming to a speedy conclusion.
At a book signing in Owensboro Thursday, head basketball coach Rick Pitino told Messenger-Inquirer reporter Cole Claybourn: "The reason he's suspended and not off the team: he told the truth. I said OK. There's going to be a penalty and a price to pay, but he told the truth. We'll get through this. Just do the right things and he'll be back on the team in a short period of time."
WDRB.com spoke with Behanan and his plans to once again play for Louisville:
Suspended University of Louisville power forward Chane Behanan told WDRB's Rick Bozich and Eric Crawford today that he's "working hard" and that he's "positive" he will earn his way back onto the University of Louisville basketball team.
From T.J. Walker of Rivals.com:
"The team has moved on. They don't expect him to comeback," More from Pitino on Behanan.— T.J. Walker (@TWalkerRivals) October 19, 2013
Here's an excerpt of Pitino's comments, per Forde's piece:
He's a lovable guy, but if we don't do something now he's not going to prosper in life...This is not about basketball, it's about Chane Behanan becoming the person he can become.
It's an accumulation of a lot of different things, a lot of little things that when you add them up, it's pretty big...When you're going for a third Final Four and your team has bought in 100 percent to reach these lofty goals, and one person hasn't bought in...he's letting the team down. He's letting 12 other guys who have very lofty goals down by his behavior.
Pitino also shared that Behanan will not play in the month of November, and that he "doubts" he will lace up in December, either. The Cardinals will play in-state rival Kentucky on Dec. 28.
As Pitino's comments suggest, the suspension appears to be a disciplinary measure related to a pattern of undesirable behavior. Having been part of Louisville's last two runs to the Final Four in consecutive seasons, Pitino clearly expects more from one of his key contributors.
Matt Jones of KentuckySportsRadio.com confirms that theory:
Pitino was asked how often Chane Behanan has been suspended...his answer, "I don't remember."— Matt Jones (@KySportsRadio) October 17, 2013
ESPN's Andy Katz posted this tweet with some video commentary after the news was announced:
Behanan averaged 9.8 points and 6.5 rebounds as a part of Louisville's 2012-13 national championship team. He has already played in 79 career games in two seasons and has a career field-goal percentage of 50.9. He averaged 12.5 points and 10.5 rebounds in last year's Final Four.
ESPN's Jeff Goodman sees the suspension as a major blow to Louisville's chances of winning back-to-back titles next April:
This Chane Behanan news could be devastating to Louisville's hopes of repeating. Cards still thin as far as frontcourt depth concerned.— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanESPN) October 17, 2013
If Behanan indeed misses extended time, Pitino will have to rely on veterans Russ Smith, Luke Hancock and Wayne Blackshear to pick up the slack. Sophomore Montrezl Harrell will also likely see an uptick in playing time in the early part of the season, even more so than the one he was slated to receive with Dieng moving to the NBA.
Needless to say, Cardinals fans will hope Behanan does whatever it takes to earn back Pitino's trust in the next few months. His experience and ability to play both forward spots could be crucial to Louisville's success this season, but he must get back on the court first.
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