Posted October 17, 2013

Louisville suspends Chane Behanan for violation of school policy

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Louisville’s Chane Behanan was suspended for violating university policy. (Harry E. Walker/MCT via Getty Images)

Louisville suspended forward Chane Behanan indefinitely for a violation of university policy, and he will not be with the team during suspension, the school announced Thursday.

Behanan, a junior, averaged 9.8 points and 6.5 rebounds, started 37 of the 39 games he played in last season and helped the Cardinals win the national championship.

The earliest Behanan can return is mid-December, but Cardinals head coach Rick Pitino “doubts” that he will be back by then.

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Behanan was suspended for an exhibition game last season and was banned from speaking to the media for the first semester.

Pitino refused to discuss what Behanan was suspended for saying, “It’s multiple things. Don’t ask what it is, we’re not going to tell you.”

“Can Chane come back on the basketball team? It’s possible. It’s not probable,” Pitino said. “We set up an arrangement for him to come back,” and in a week’s time, Behanan violated that.

“He just has a very difficult time understanding life’s values and the significance of life’s values,” Pitino said. “We’re going to try to help him along. We’re more interested in Chane the man than the basketball player.”

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5 comments
ThaddaeusHudson
ThaddaeusHudson

Was Pitino suspended for his extramarital affair? I get a little tired of Pitinos moral ambiguities and selective application of ethics. It better be a huge violation if he can't come back to the team and not a bunch of small infractions. This kid came to UofL to play basketball. Period! Economists calculated that each UofL player earned UofL 1.5 million dollars last season. Colleges profit so much off these kids and then get a bit quixotic when it comes to punishing them (example: Terrelle Pryor)

muser
muser

Good job Pitino. Doing the right thing isn't something that comes naturally to all college coaches, especially in Kentucky.

M20
M20

@ThaddaeusHudson By this logic, one must be morally perfect in order to discipline someone else and try to teach him good behavior. If that's the case, humanity is in big trouble.

Boslad
Boslad

@ThaddaeusHudson Every team and every coach worth a damn has rules that their players must adhere to. Too many teams/collegiate institutions don't care about their chief responsibility in regards to these young men and women and that is teaching them how to become responsible adults. Also your defense of this young man is based upon his coaches affair? It doesn't make any sense, they are in no way comparable. Pitino had a short affair, this young man has repeatedly violated institution and team rules; they're not comparable. 

uoflfan502
uoflfan502

just like ware isnt still suspended