The Louisville Cardinals announced Monday that forward Chane Behanan has been dismissed from the basketball team for a violation of university rules. While coach Rick Pitino could not discuss the violation in a news conference, it was clear that Behanan was already on thin ice.
Behanan had been indefinitely suspended from the team in October for a similar violation but did everything asked of him to return by getting in Pitino's good graces.
The news was surprising even within Louisville — Pitino went on his personal blog after the Cardinals lost to rival Kentucky and gave a humorous criticism of Behanan and his frontcourt mates by using an analogy to singer Christina Aguilera.
Behanan, a 6'6, 250-pound junior, debuted on Nov. 12 against Hofstra after his offseason suspension and has averaged 7.6 points and 6.3 rebounds for the No. 14 Cardinals. Last season, Behanan played a pivotal role on Louisville's national championship squad, averaging 9.8 points and 6.5 rebounds.