When will Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino and forward Chane Behanan hug again? Stay tuned.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- This is the last time I'm going to write about Chane Behanan.
Until the next sentence. Then I'm going to tell you Behanan will be back in the Louisville basketball lineup before Eric Crawford and I can bump into him again at Starbucks, Quills, Heine Brothers, Stevens and Stevens or anywhere else that sells coffee in The Highlands.
(Next time, please give us a 20-minute heads up on Twitter at @ericcrawford or @rickbozich, Chane. We were this close to missing you Monday.)
Here is my official Chane Behanan prediction:
He will definitely be back from his indefinite suspension to deliver at power forward for the Cardinals no later than Dec. 17, certainly in time for the Kentucky game Dec. 28 in Rupp Arena.
Or he might be back by the time you finish this column. Check back with Rick Pitino later today. And tomorrow. And the day after that.
It's possible but not probable Pitino will stick with one outlook throughout Breaking Behanan, Episode One, Season Three.
Apparently Behanan isn't on a one-day contract. He's on a one-minute contract.
The story about when Behanan will return from his indefinite suspension changes with ever Tweet.
On Oct. 17 Pitino scheduled a mid-afternoon press conference to announce Behanan had been indefinitely suspended and kicked out of Minardi Hall, the players' dorm.
"It 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 [he'll be back], but not probable," Pitino said.
Gotcha. I e-mailed the folks at the Los Angeles Athletic Club: Please take Chane Behanan off the list of 50 players I nominated for the Wooden Award.
Last Saturday, at U of L's final Red/White scrimmage, Pitino said it was the final time he planned to talk about Behanan.
"He knew the rules, and he knew he was on his last chance, and then he broke them, and continued to break them once he was on suspension," Pitino said. ". . . It's totally out of our hands and in his hands, and so far everything he has put in his hands has not turned out real well right now. We're moving on, planning on playing without him, and if the day comes when he comes back, he'll be welcomed with open arms. But that's a long way from happening."
Dear Wooden Committee: Keep Behanan on ice.
Then on Thursday Pitino went to Owensboro to sell and sign copies of "The One-Day Contract," the book he wrote with Eric Crawford. Cole Claybourn of The Messenger-Inquirer reported that Pitino said the reason Behanan had been suspended and not kicked off the team was the player told the truth.
"We'll get through this," Pitino said. "Just do the right things and he'll be back on the team in a short period of time."
Dear Wooden Committee: HELP!
Last year Behanan was off the court for the exhibition season – and off the microphones on a media ban for nearly the first third of the season. Pitino thought keeping Behanan off the evening news punished him more than keeping him off the backboards.
He was right. By conference play everything was forgiven. By the post-season Behanan was all over the court and the interview room.
He does a good job answering questions and an even better job on the glass. No Behanan, no national title. When the guy wants to rebound, nobody does it better. That was Michigan monster Mitch McGary that Behanan outworked for a dozen rebounds in the NCAA championship game.
Of course, when the guy wants to annoy his head coach, nobody does that better either. Behanan can play like he's 25 and act as if he's 15.
What did Behanan actually do?
Pitino isn't saying. "Things happen," was Behanan's comment at Starbucks Monday when he also said he was "positive," he'd be back on the team.
Pitino said Behanan had been given a last chance and fumbled.
Time out. Let's put that one on the telestrator. Last chance?
Last chance means there are no more chances. Time's up. The buzzer has sounded. The shot rolled off. The court has been cleared. Showers have been taken. The equipment has been loaded. The bus has headed home. The gymnasium has been locked.
That's a last chance.
This last chance wasn't Behanan's final chance. If it had been, he would have already been dismissed. He's not dismissed. One week after Pitino said it was not probable Behanan would be back, he said Behanan would return in a short period of time if he simply did the right things.
Here is the truth: It's possible but not probable we'll definitely see Behanan in an indefinite period of time.