Chane Behanan survives to fight another day.
According to Sports Information Direction Kenny Klein, University of Louisville and law enforcement officials have gathered extensive information into their examination of how Behanan’s 2012 Final Four ring recently popped up on a sports memorabilia auction site. They’ve determined that Behanan was not involved in the process.
After communicating with multiple parties, there was no indication that Behanan had anything to do with the ring being presented for sale or that he had any knowledge the ring had been stolen until information appeared on social media Tuesday night.
He will be available to Rick Pitino Friday against Southern Mississippi. The coach has to be wondering what’s next?
Sad story about Chane Behanan’s Final Four ring.
The ring, from the University of Louisville basketball team’s appearance in the 2012 NCAA tournament, showed up on the Gray Flannel sports auction site this week, much to the surprise of Behanan and his mom.
The item was apparently taken from his grandmother’s jewelry box in her home in Cincinnati, according to Heaven Warren, his mother, in a USA Today report:
Warren said that after Behanan received his 2012 Final Four ring, she brought it to her mother’s home in Cincinnati – the house in which Chane was raised – because she figured it would be safe there. She said the home was never broken into, but she described it as a hub of social activity.
“Everybody congregates there,” Warren said. “On any given day you can go to my mother’s house, and it’s always somebody there. She’s the one that takes people in if somebody needs a place to stay… friends, cousins, long-distance cousins. There’s really no telling who will be there.”
Now, Warren says, it appears that someone who passed through the home took the ring. She said none of her mother’s other jewelry was missing, however.
Meanwhile, Behanan and UofL basketball are again thrust into a negative spotlight. The NCAA oligarchy apparently doesn’t permit athletes to sell personal property that has been awarded to them by the organization or the school? Grey Flannel is returning the ring to Behanan but the inability for someone to sell personal property doesn’t quite make sense.
Just another one of those stories with a 24-hour news cycle. One good thing about living in a microwave society.
Much hue and cry on the local sports talk shows about attendance at the University of Louisville’s final home game when “only” 46,421 fans showed up for an event that coincided with Senior Day.
I suspect that many of the critics haven’t been around UofL football very long to appreciate the size of the crowd that turned out:
– In 30-degree temperatures on a windy day.
– For a noon kickoff.
– When a UofL basketball team was tipping off an hour later on TV.
While I was a little disappointed about the number of empty seats, I was satisfied that so many people were occupying the other seats. Taking the glass half full versus half empty approach, it helps to have a little historical perspective. Some choose to criticize the fan base for all the people who stayed home when these were the very people who helped UofL set an all-time attendance record this season.
Having followed Louisville football for over five decades, I knew the conditions were ripe for an attendance drop.
Add to the weather, the noon kickoff, and the basketball conflict the fact that this UofL football team is out of BCS contention, the competition less than stellar and the offense hasn’t been very exciting, and you have the reason many people stayed home. Frankly, getting up that early, trying to stay warm and struggling against Memphis made the game rank low on the list of UofL football memories.
I go back to the days when 17,000 fans in the Seventies or 30,000 fans in the Eighties for the final game wasn’t all that bad. Having gone through those days, the number of people who turned out for last Saturday’s game was confirmation of the growing support of the program.
All seats were sold out for every game this season. Attendance exceeded 53,000 four times, including twice over 55,000. Average attendance was 52,914 for the season.
The program has come a long, long way.
A couple of basketball games over the weekend provided some valuable insight into what life could be like in the Atlantic Coast Conference for University of Louisville athletics next season. Kind of scary.
North Carolina dispatching the national defending champion men’s basketball team in a no-nonsense fashion, winning with ease, exposing major UofL weaknesses on both ends of the court. Doing this with two starters sidelined with eligibility issues.
The distractions from over the summer taking their toll, with Chane Behanan and Luke Hancock, returning from a suspension and an injury, respectively. Mere shadows of themselves, reduced to ineffective support roles.
Russ Smith and Chris Jones shooting well, but not looking for their teammates on the front line. Combining for 56 points between them but managing only three assists for their teammates. In their defense, however, what were Stephan Van Treese, Mangok Mathiang or Behanan going to do if they did get the ball?
Rick Pitino says the surprising loss to North Carolina could be good for the University of Louisville. Last time he said that his team went on a run that didn’t end until Sunday. Too early in the season to expect history to repeat itself, but the loss will certainly bring some people back down to earth.