The University of Louisville can’t say why Chane Behanan was dismissed. Behanan isn’t telling either.
They don’t have to give the details. Fans are left to draw their own conclusions, taking less than five seconds for most to get the picture.
Apparently the University bent over backwards to give him second, third and fourth chances and Behanan continued to test the system, failing to pass, disappointing the school, his teammates and fans. Most of all himself, kicking his future down a crooked road that may lead nowhere.
The distractions possibly too difficult to resist, clouding his vision and judgement, negating any further progress after returning from the indefinite suspension. No doubt he was instrumental in UofL’s recent basketball success, those two Final Four’s and a national championship, examples of what it takes to be successful.
Evidently he was as challenged away from the game as he was on the court, unable to quite retain the really important lessons in life and basketball.
A shame for Chane and everyone who is counting on him. Here’s hoping he somehow turns things around.
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?
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.
Chane Behanan apparently has been adhering closely to whatever the regimen was that allowed him to return to the good graces of the University of Louisville administration. He’ll be back on the bench for the opening game against College of Charleston.
Still no indication of what he did that got him temporarily suspended and booted out of Minardi Hall, the team’s official residence. All kinds of stories floating around but his name wasn’t on any police blotters as far as we know. So his transgression(s) could not have reached a criminal level.
We are told Behanan will not play in the game. So he’s still paying a price, still needing to prove that he has learned some lessons, needing to continue to show progress, proving that it can be sustained.
The assumption by some cynics all along has been that he will be back in time for the game against Kentucky on Dec. 28, as if that were the primary consideration for the University of Louisville.
Cardinal fans would and should be seriously disappointed if that were the motivating factor. While the rivalry is intense, that one game pales in importance to the program’s overall goals, the University’s reputation, and the overall impact on Chane Behanan.
Yes, fans would hate to lose to Kentucky this year in basketball, especially to a team laden with freshman wonders just out of high school, especially since UofL is the defending national champion. Louisville could possibly be a better team without him, given his lack of focus in the past. A single loss to UK would be disappointing but not be a disaster. Plenty of time to recover and make another run.
All the steps Behanan, the University and the basketball program have taken to help him straighten out his life would be for naught if that was the overriding goal.
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.