LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Chane Behanan has told ESPN.com that he is going to enroll in a program in Houston run by former NBA player and coach John Lucas.
Speaking with ESPN's Jeff Goodman, Behanan said, "I'm hoping to go down there, take care of myself and then hopefully get another opportunity -- wherever it may be. I haven't decided what I'm going to do yet. First I'm going to go get help."
Lucas runs a drug and alcohol treatment program for athletes and coaches. Former University of Kentucky coach Billy Gillispie is a former client. Behanan did not tell ESPN what problem he needs to address.
The University of Louisville, after dismissing Behanan, granted permission for all schools to pursue him except schools in the Atlantic Coast Conference. U of L spokesman Kenny Klein said U of L believed that the ACC itself might bar Behanan from transferring within the league since U of L becomes a member next season. But he said the ACC told the school Thursday evening that it would not prevent Behanan from transferring into the league if he wishes, and Klein said the school will not prevent it if that's what Behanan wants to do.
Pitino said last week, "I wouldn't hold him back from any situation," and Klein said today that the school will not stand in his way, though Behanan will continue to be subject to the American Athletic Conference's intra-league transfer restrictions.
Behanan did not respond to interview requests from WDRB on Thursday. It's unclear where he wants to transfer or even whether he will transfer, or look to pursue professional options. But it seems plenty of schools are interested.
And one person who appears to be in the center of that process is former U of L player Brandon Bender, who says he coached Behanan in AAU basketball. Bender says at least a dozen programs have contacted him to ask about Behanan, including Arizona, Iowa State, Southern Miss and Ohio State. A U of L source said that Ohio State sought permission to speak with Behanan using a copy of U of L's release that apparently had been provided by Bender.
Behanan's mother, Heaven Warren, said in a note to WDRB that Bender has nothing to do with her son's future plans, and that he has tried to insert himself in the process through text messages. She says Bender will have nothing to do with Behanan's future steps.
But Behanan may be a long way from being a major contributor anywhere. He told ESPN that he needs to get himself in order before moving on with his basketball plans. He endured several suspensions at U of L, and according to Pitino had several chances to meet conditions set forth by the university before his latest dismissal from the team.
Behanan told ESPN that he feels bad for the situation at U of L, and hopes he can make a new start elsewhere.
"I'm sorry that I let my teammates down, my family down and the coaching staff down," Behanan said. "I know the fans believed in me and stuck by me, and I apologize to them as well."
"Now I'm going to work on myself and being a better person," he added. "I'm still young and still learning. I'm hoping I can learn and get where I want to go in life."