The Chane Behanan Final Four ring story has come to an end.
Louisville issued a statement indicating “that they and law enforcement officials have gathered extensive information into their examination of how Behanan’s 2012 Final Four ring recently appeared on a sports memorabilia auction site and have determined that Behanan was not involved in the process.
“After communicating with multiple parties, there was no indication that Behanan had anything to do with the ring being presented for sale or that he had any knowledge the ring had been stolen until information appeared on social media Tuesday night.” To read more of this story, click here
Louisville appeared done with its 2014 recruiting class when Rick Pitino announced his four-man class on Friday.
Turns out, that wasn’t the case.
The Cardinals signed 7-foot-2 Norwegian center Matz Stockman of the Canarias Basketball Academy.
“First and foremost, we think this is a tremendous opportunity for Matz,” said Rob Orellana, To read more of this story, click here
Quentin Snider reversed course and signed with Louisville on Friday.
“Since sixth grade, we felt Quentin would be a Louisville Cardinal someday,” said head coach Rick Pitino in announcing his four-man class. “We’re very happy that he will become the point guard of the future for the University of Louisville. He’s well-rounded, shoots it well, gets in the lane and has good size. He makes people better and knows how to run a team.”
The 6-foot-2, 170-pound Snider initially committed to Louisville and then decommitted before choosing Illinois over UCLA last month.
The Louisville press release made no mention of Illinois, instead pointing out that Snider also considered UCLA, Michigan State and UConn.
Snider is part of a four-man Louisville class that includes guard Shaqquan Aaron, power forward Jaylen Johnson and big man Chinanu Onuaku. To read more of this story, click here
Twenty-five days after saying that suspended forward Chane Behanan would be out for “a long time,” Louisville coach Rick Pitino reinstated the 6-foot-6 forward Monday and said he would dress for Tuesday’s game against Hofstra.
Behanan practiced Friday and Pitino said on Monday he had met the criteria to return.
“I had a target of 30 straight days doing the right things,” Pitino said, according to Eric Crawford. “. . . It went 30 great days. It surprised the heck out of me.”
At the Oct. 17 news conference in which he announced Behanan’s suspension, Pitino said, “Chane Behanan is no longer a part of our basketball team.”
That lasted less than a month.
The 6-foot-6 Behanan averaged 9.8 points and 6.5 rebounds last season when Louisville won the NCAA championship.
Pitino also announced that Luke Hancock, the MOP of the Final Four, had returned to practice from injuries to his left ankle and Achilles and will dress Tuesday.
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Kevin Ware will suit up for Saturday’s season-opener but it remains unclear if he will play.
“I don’t know if he will play but he will definitely be in the lineup,” Louisville coach Rick Pitino said on a conference call.
The reigning NCAA champion Cardinals host the College of Charleston. To read more of this story, click here
After initially saying that suspended forward Chane Behanan would be out for “a long time,” Louisville coach Rick Pitino has apparently adjusted his position and now says he could return “in a short period of time.”
“The reason he’s suspended and not off the team: He told the truth,” Pitino told the Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer Thursday at a book signing. “I said OK. There’s going to be a penalty and a price to pay, but he told the truth. We’ll get through this. Just do the right things and he’ll be back on the team in a short period of time.”
In a text message to SNY.tv, Pitino said there was no timeframe on a return for Behanan.
“Not at all,” he said. “My comments were he could be back if he keeps doing the right thing.” To read more of this story, click here
The way Rick Pitino sees it, Louisville is one Final Four away from a mini-dynasty.
“It’s going to be an exciting season,” Pitino said, according to The (Louisville) Courier-Journal. “We are one year away from a potential mini-dynasty — one year.”
Louisville reached the Final Four in 2012 and then won the NCAA championship in April. If they get back to the Final Four this year, that would be three in a row. To read more of this story, click here
Here’s a few highlights from Midnight Madnesses around the country…
**Kentucky coach John Calipari –whose team is ranked No. 1 in the preseason Coaches’ poll — fired up the Big Blue Nation fanbase with his annual State of BBN speech. Here’s the line of the address that has gotten some fans outside Kentucky a little riled up: “We are the place to help you achieve your dreams. We don’t just play college basketball, we ARE college basketball. As you know, we are everyone’s Super Bowl.”
Cal’s comments prompted some feedback on Twitter, including this comment from @IndyMattO: “If Kentucky ‘is college basketball’, what does that make Robert Morris?’”
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Louisville has suspended junior forward Chane Behanan indefinitely because of a violation of university policy, according to reports from Louisville columnist Eric Crawford.
“Chane Behanan is no longer a part of our basketball team. He has been suspended by the university,” Crawford quoted Louisville coach Rick Pitino as saying.
Pitino added: ”It’s multiple things. Don’t ask what it is, we’re not going to tell you.”
The 6-foot-6 Behanan averaged 9.8 points and 6.5 rebounds last season when Louisville won the NCAA championship. To read more of this story, click here
Rick Pitino is comparing Louisville guard Russ Smith to former NBA star Allen Iverson.
“We still have a little psycho all-American, named Russ Smith, still here,” Pitino said at AAC Media Day, according to Rick Bozich.
“I say that in a very affectionate way. I think Russ Smith is the closest thing at the collegiate level to Allen Iverson that I’ve seen. He’s just a great, great college player. I don’t think you’re ever out of the game because of his abilities.”
SMU coach Larry Brown, who coached Iverson with the Philadelphia 76ers, isn’t buying it. To read more of this story, click here