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Rick Pitino Bans Louisville Sophomore Chane Behanan From Speaking With the Media


Sophomore forward Chane Behanan could be in a monster season this year.

In his first season at Louisville, the 6-foot-6 forward became a key contributor for the Cardinals, averaging 9.5 points and 7.5 rebounds per game. However, news emerged from the Associated Press over the weekend that head coach b has imposed a punishment upon Behanan, stemming from “incidents” that took place over the summer.

Pitino suspended Behanan for the Cardinals’ opening exhibition game against Pikesville on Nov. 1 and he is also banned from speaking to the media this semester.

The unique penalty is meant to send a message to Behanan, while Pitino also warned the sophomore forward he would miss games if similar situations arose again. The incidents in question remain undisclosed.

While Behanan will not be able to compete against Pikesville, he will be allowed to play in the Cardinals’ second and final exhibition tune-up against Bellarmine on Nov. 7.

The Cardinals enter the year with increasingly high expectations. This, coming on the heels of a 2011-12 season that ended in the Final Four. Behanen is among a sophomore trio that Pitino will turn to for added depth and play making ability. Kevin Ware and Wayne Blackshear are the other two second-year players to keep an eye on.

The Cardinals were selected as the unanimous preseason favorite in the Big East Conference during the league’s annual media day last week.

Louisville opens up the season on Nov. 11 at home against Manhattan. The Cardinals will then receive a visit from Samford before a trip to the Bahamas as part of a loaded Battle 4 Atlantis bracket.


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