Louisville Dismisses Forward Chane Behanan

Chane Behanan shown above, was a force at Louisville, and should be very interesting to see where Chane continues his basketball career in the future.

University of Louisville basketball player Chane Behanan, who began the season under suspension, but then was reinstated, has officially been dismissed from the team for good after an undisclosed violation of university policy, coach Rick Pitino announced earlier today. Pitino said he was informed of the news that the university was dismissing Behanan on Sunday night. Pitino said Behanan saw it coming. “We lost a really terrific young man in many respects. Between the lines, he gave great effort and was a great teammate, a wonderful young guy to be around. Away from the lines, he did not do the right things over and over and over,” Pitino said. Behanan was suspended indefinitely in October for violating university and team rules, which has been speculated as Behanan's involvement in an investigation regarding why his 2012 Final Four ring went on auction on a sports memorabilia website. Pitino stated that was not a factor in Monday's decision. Behanan was cleared of any wrongdoing in that matter. Behanan's mother, Heaven Warren, previously stated that the ring was stolen. Behanan was reinstated less than a month later. He missed just one game. In his final game for Louisville, Behanan went scoreless in 20 minutes in Saturday's loss to Kentucky. He averaged 7.6 points and 6.3 rebounds per game this season after averaging 9.8 points and 6.5 rebounds last season. Behanan can transfer to another school and is eligible to play the second half of next season. He may also decide to play professionally. 


An already small Louisville team becomes smaller in losing Behanan, and it also will force more minutes on freshman Mangok Mathiang and senior Stephan Van Treese. Both players are averaging fewer than 5 points per game. Pitino acknowledges his frontcourt as his team's big weakness, calling Behanan's dismissal a huge setback for his Cardinals. "We have to juggle on the fly," Pitino said. Behanan, an 6’6, 250 lb forward out of the hometown Cincinnati, Ohio. He attended Bowling Green High in Ohio, who obviously led on to commit to Louisville. He has been known as an powerful front line performer, who has been a starter for the Cardinals for the past two seasons. He was a major part of the Cardinals national championship run. Most assume he will train to enter this year’s loaded NBA Draft.

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Gary B. Graves, ESPN