University of Louisville Head Basketball Coach Rick Pitino announced to the media today that Jr. PF Chane Behanan has been suspended from the team indefinitely for violating university rules. Speculation is that Chane’s off the court behavior may have crossed a point of no return. Pitino stated that the decision came from Athletic Director Tom Jurich. Pitino declined to say what rules that Behanan’s violated. “It’s multiple things,” Pitino said. “Don’t ask what it is, we’re not going to tell you … Chane wouldn’t hurt a fly. He’s a good person. But it’s very difficult for him to follow rules.”
A preseason All-American Athletic Conference selection, Behanan averaged 9.8 points and 6.5 rebounds last season. Behanan was named to the 2013 NCAA Final Four All-Tournament team after his 15 points and 12 rebounds against Michigan in the national championship game. Make no mistake about it, this will hurt the team. Coach P made an attempt at consolation saying that the loss of Behanan won’t affect the No. 3 ranked Cardinals as much as some may think and offered, “this will result in Montrezl Harrell playing at least 34 minutes a game, and that isn’t such a bad thing,” He also added that more will be expected from Steven Van Tresse, Mangok Mathiang and Akoy Agau.
While we’ll all agree that this team is extremely deep, we have also learned the value of experience and leadership (something UK fans don’t understand). The loss of Chane will be a very difficult one to fill but there is a glimmer of hope. Indefinite does not mean permanent. Behanan is still enrolled in school and attending classes. He is not living with the team and will not be participating in any team function or practices. Pitino added “He’s not coming back in the month of November I can assure you that,” “It is possible that he could come back in December, but I doubt that right now. But he will definitely won’t be back in November.” Pitino said. In all, he may be back, he can come back, he will be back (hopefully).
As Louisville fans, we need to rally around our student athletes when they fall, whether its breaking a leg or breaking a rule. When need to show our support to help lift Chane up and get him back on this team. We still havent seen the best of Chane Behanan. Chane needs to focus on taking Chane to the hoop on a hard dribble drive slam and show Chane who is in control. Chane is Chane’s greatest opponent and we can only pray that he can learn to defeat his demons and rise to something and someone greater.
This Cardinal fan is praying for you Chane.
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