Louisville, KY, United States (4E Sports) – Louisville coach Rick Pitino announced that forward Chane Behanan has been suspended indefinitely from the team due to an unspecified violation of university policy.
According to Pitino, athletic director Tom Jurich made the decision to suspend the 6-foot-6 junior, who is no longer living in the team dormitory but still enrolled in classes.
“We all love Chane. Top to bottom, we all think he’s a great guy,” Pitino said. “He has to change his behavioral pattern.”
Pitino added that Behenan, the Cardinals’ projected starter at power forward, assured that the player will not come back in November.
“The suspension could be over as early as December, but knowing him, we gave him a list of rules to follow and he’s already broken one of them, so I think it’s possible that Behanan will be back, but not probable,” he said.
Behanan was suspended at the start of his sophomore season for what Pitino said was his immaturity during the summer of 2012. He was forced to sit out the preseason and did not start the season opener against Manhattan.
“He had a number of suspensions last year, so this was not one thing,” Pitino said. “It was many different things, and the AD and I just sat down and said he’s got to get his head right and his life right before he plays another basketball game.”
“There was one final thing, but it’s been multiple things building up,” he added. “It’s nothing he does on the court. On the court, he’s a great teammate, he’s a hard worker, he’s never late. It’s just when he’s not on the court, he cannot follow our rules.”
Behanan went on to start 37 of 39 games for the Cardinals in their march to the 2013 national championship. He averaged 9.8 points and 6.5 rebounds a game.
Louisville is ranked third in the USA Today preseason coaches’ poll, receiving 10 first-place votes. Its first major test could come at No. 1 Kentucky on Dec. 28.