Updates from Thursday, Jan. 2:
Adam Zagoria of SNY.com reports that Behanan has obtained his release, but cannot transfer to the AAC or ACC:
Junior forward Chane Behanan has received a conditional release from Louisville that says he can’t transfer to any ACC or AAC schools.
Louisville is currently in the AAC but joins the ACC next season.
“In accordance with NCAA Bylaw 126.96.36.199, the University of Louisville grants all institutions with the exception of Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) member schools permission to contact University of Louisville student athlete Chane Behanan,” according to the letter sent by John C. Carns, Senior Associate AD for Compliance, and obtained by SNY.tv.
“Chane has expressed an interest in pursuing opportunities at other institutions in the sport of Men’s Basketball.
“In addition, Chane is currently subject to the American Athletic Conference (AAC) intra-conference transfer policy for the 2013-14 academic year.”
Behanan also said that he plans to work with John Lucas and focus on his recovery (via Jeff Goodman of ESPN)
"I'm hoping to go down there, take care of myself and then hopefully get another opportunity -- wherever it may be," Behanan said Thursday morning. "I haven't decided what I'm going to do yet. First I'm going to go get help."
Lucas runs a drug and alcohol treatment program for athletes and coaches. He's worked with NFL player Tyrann Mathieu, former Kentucky and Texas Tech coach Billy Gillispie, Colorado State coach Larry Eustachy, ex-Rutgers coach Mike Rice and Texas Southern player Aaric Murray with a variety of issues. Behanan did not reveal what problem he needs to address.
The 6-foot-6 Behanan averaged 7.6 points and 6.3 rebounds in 12 games this season. Louisville coach Rick Pitino suspended Behanan on Oct. 17 in the preseason and reinstated the junior power forward after the season-opener. He was kicked off the team permanently on Monday.
"I'm sorry that I let me teammates down, my family down and the coaching staff down," Behanan said. "I know the fans believed in me and stuck by me, and I apologize to them as well."
"Now I'm going to work on myself and being a better person," he added. "I'm still young and still learning. I'm hoping I can learn and get where I want to go in life."