Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
Louisville Dismisses Chane Behanan; Ware May Redshirt
Chane Behanan’s career at Louisville appears to be over.
Two days after Louisville lost to arch-rival Kentucky, the school announced that Behanan had been dismissed from the Cardinals’ basketball team for a violation of university policy
“We lost a really terrific man in many respects,” head coach Rick Pitino said at a press conference. “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, in giving him every opportunity to make it here. It’s come to a difficult detour in his road. It’s set our basketball team back immensely.”
Louisville may also redshirt Kevin Ware, who is coming off that gruesome leg injury suffered during last year’s NCAA Tournament.
“I think Kevin may be shut down for the year,” Pitino said.
The Ware news was first reported by ESPN.com.
At the Oct. 17 news conference in which Pitino initially announced Behanan’s suspension, the coach said, “Chane Behanan is no longer a part of our basketball team.”
That lasted less than a month, as the 6-foot-6 Behanan returned 25 days later.
He averaged 7.6 points and 6.3 rebounds this season.
He was a huge part of Louisville’s NCAA championship run last season, averaging 12.5 points and 10.5 rebounds in the national semifinals and final.
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Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
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