Chane Behanan has dismissed from the University of Louisville basketball team.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – The University of Louisville basketball team lost a key piece from its 2013 NCAA championship team Monday when forward Chane Behanan was dismissed from school for a violation of university policy.
Behanan had started this season on indefinite suspension, but U of L coach Rick Pitino said this was a university decision and that Behanan would not return to the team.
Pitino said that Behanan had two options – transferring to another program or preparing himself for the 2014 NBA Draft.
"We lost a really terrific young man in many respects," Pitino said. "Between the lines he gave great effort and was a great teammate, a wonderful young guy to be around.
"Away from the lines, he just did not do the right things, over and over and over. The university has gone to the mat for him, as well as (athletic director) Tom Jurich in giving him every opportunity to make it at the university. Unfortunately it's come to a difficult detour."
Pitino was asked if the issue was related to a substance abuse violation. The coach said that federal regulations prohibited him from discussing the reasons for Behanan's dismissal.
Behanan did not appear with Pitino during his 12:30 p.m. press conference Monday, but was quoted in a basketball program statement:
"I want to apologize for letting down my family, teammates, coaches, Tom Jurich, this university and Louisville fans."
After starting 74 games the last two seasons, Behanan did not start any this year. He averaged 7.6 points and 6.3 rebounds. He failed to score Saturday against Kentucky in his final game as a Cardinal.
Pitino also said that it was likely that junior guard Kevin Ware would not play the remainder of this season while trying to return to 100 percent from the broken leg he suffered in the NCAA Tournament last March. Ware has only played 53 minutes in parts of nine games this season.