By Annie Moore
Chane Behanan was dismissed from the University of Louisville men’s basketball team today for an unspecified “violation of university policy”.
Behanan — who has struggled before with conduct issues and has had previous suspensions and dismissals — has run out of chances, at least at the University of Louisville.
“The University has gone to the mat for him time and time again,” said Louisville Head Coach Rick Pitino. “As well as Tom Jurich. [They] have given him every opportunity to make it here at the University and unfortunately it has come down to this.”
Pitino was visibly upset while discussing a player whom he called “a great young man”. The team will no doubt miss Behanan’s 8.3 points and 6.2 rebounds per game as it begins conference play Tuesday against Central Florida.
“Between the lines he gave great effort, was a great teammate and a wonderful guy to be around,” Pitino said.” Away from the lines he just did not do the right things, over and over and over again.”
Behanan took to social media before the press conference. Using his personal Twitter account, he stated “I will forever miss this place.”
Behanan also issued a statement via a press release from the Lousville Sports Information office.
“I want to apologize for letting down my family, teammates, coaches, Tom Jurich, this university and the Louisville fans,” said Behanan.
The fact that this dismissal was issued by the University and not the team, seems to indicate that he has run out of chances and a return is not likely.
Pitino discussed alternative courses of action for Behanan going forward, which included transferring and getting ready for the NBA. Pitino made it obvious he would be a part of those steps moving forward as a “friend and mentor”.
“He’s a good person, a really good person,” Pitino said. “But there are a lot of good people out there who make mistakes.”