Just earlier this week, Louisville forward Chane Behanan was still considered to be suspended “indefinitely” as a result of an unspecified violation of team rules. In fact, head coach Rick Pitino went as far as to deliver this gem of a quote when alerting the media of his suspension (via CBS Sports):
“Can Chane come back on the … team?” Pitino said. “It is possible. It’s not probable.”
Well, the first step to redemption came last week, when Behanan was allowed to begin practicing with the team. Then, on Monday, Rick Pitino made the mildly shocking announcement (to an assembled group of reporters) that the 6-foot-6 forward had been fully reinstated and could even play in Louisville’s game against Hofstra on Tuesday.
In response to that, I believe that Doug Gottlieb (of CBS fame) echoes my exact sentiment.
Good to know Chane Behanan is a changed man after one game.
— Doug Gottlieb (@GottliebShow) November 11, 2013
The Behanan reinstatement wreaks of a move to fortify the on-court product rather than enforce the previously stated discipline, and I wish I was surprised. The bottom line of major college basketball (and football, for that matter) is simply too great, however, and short of committing a felony (or something thereabouts), Behanan was always a likely candidate for reinstatement.
Welcome back to the fold, Chane.