Shades of the past.
A key player bending, disregarding rules, unable to adjust to college life, treating second chances like green lights, reminiscent of the Derrick Caracter days at the University of Louisville.
Only this time it’s Chane Behanan, a major contributor in UofL’s march to a third national championship last season, providing muscle, experience and reason for optimism for a possible return to the Final Four and another title this season.
All that he represented is gone, at least for now.
Behanan has been indefinitely suspended from the team, told to leave the players’ dormitory. This time it was Tom Jurich, the athletic director, who apparently made the decision, and not Coach Rick Pitino.
“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.”
Behanan has been in and out of trouble since arriving at Louisville. He was suspended for two exhibition games last season and prohibited from talking to the media for two months.
Highly unusual for Jurich to intervene, suggesting that the latest transgressions were pretty serious.