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 Louisville Cardinals” href=”http://fansided.com/2013/11/08/chane-behanan-back-practicing-louisville-cardinals/”>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.