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Breaking: Chane Behanan to Return "Soon"

Andy Lyons

According to this Courier Journal article, Rick Pitino was quoted at a book signing tonight in Owensboro as saying that Chane Behanan will be back on the team, "in a short period of time," because he "told the truth" about the transgressions that led up to the violations.

The C-J article then credits Cole Claybourn of the Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer for additional quotes.

Because Behanan "told the truth" in explaining undisclosed transgressions that led to a violation of university and team policy, he remained on the team, Pitino told the paper.

"The reason he's suspended and not off the team: He told the truth," Pitino said in full. "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."

Full comments from Coach Pitino can be found here.

Last week Pitino indicated that Behanan, who averaged 9.8 points and 6.5 rebounds last season, would be suspended for "a long time."

It appears Behanan has done what Pitino has asked of him lately, however, and that punishment has become less severe.

"Short is relative, now," Pitino said. "I don't say in the next couple of weeks. He's doing the right things right now. I was skeptical about a week ago, but so far this week he's put in everything we've asked him to do. It's not easy for him.

"It won't be any time in the next couple of weeks, but I expect him back."

Pitino went on to say that Behanan "has to take the right steps to make himself a better person."

"Chane Behanan the basketball player is really good," Pitino said. "The person between the lines is also a good person. He's just got to do the right things away from the lines.

"He's doing that right now, so we expect him to come full circle, become a better man. The basketball player and the man we care for is top shelf."

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