UofL dismisses Chane Behanan from basketball team

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by Amy Stallings

WHAS11.com

Posted on December 30, 2013 at 1:50 PM

Updated Tuesday, Dec 31 at 12:42 AM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- Chane Behanan has been dismissed from the University of Louisville basketball team.

The announcement was made Monday during a news conference.

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The university said Behanan was dismissed due to a violation of university policy.

To sum up UofL men's basketball coach Rick Pitino: Behanan is a great teammate, just can't keep it together away from the court.

Chane issued the following statement:

"I want to apologize for letting down my family, teammates, coaches, Tom Jurich, this university and the Louisville fans."

Pitino said Chane has a lot of family issues and that he was aware the "hammer was about to fall."

He also said Behanan has two options; transfer or get a trainer and see if he can make it in the NBA.

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The following is a news release from the university:

LOUISVILLE, Ky. --University of Louisville junior forward Chane Behanan has been dismissed from the Cardinals’ basketball team for a violation of university policy.

"I want to apologize for letting down my family, teammates, coaches, Tom Jurich, this university and the Louisville fans,” said Behanan.

“We are all really, really disappointed that Chane will no longer be a part of our basketball team,” said UofL Coach Rick Pitino. “We love the young man and want nothing but the best for him.”

Behanan has averaged 8.3 points, 6.2 rebounds and shot 67.3 percent from the field in 11 games this season.  He had two double-doubles this season, including season highs of 13 points and 12 rebounds against Cornell on Nov. 15.  Behanan was suspended from the team in mid-October for a month.

A preseason All-American Athletic Conference selection, Behanan averaged 9.8 points, 6.5 rebounds, shot 50.7 percent from the field and totaled 54 steals as a sophomore last season while starting 37 games.  He was named to the NCAA Final Four All-Tournament team, producing a double-double against Michigan in the national championship game with 15 points and 12 rebounds.

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