Russ Smith and the Cardinals will conduct their final scrimmage on Saturday at 1 p.m.
Oct. 17, 2013
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - University of Louisville men's basketball head coach Rick Pitino spoke with the media on Thursday afternoon, two days before the Cardinals' upcoming and final intrasquad scrimmage on Saturday, Oct. 19, in the KFC Yum! Center.
Among the topics, Pitino addressed the indefinite suspension of junior forward Chane Behanan for a violation of a university policy. He will not practice or be involved in any team-related activities during his suspension.
"I was never concerned about Chane the basketball player," Pitino said. "He is extremely respectful. He's a good guy. He's a good teammate, and he's an excellent basketball player. He just has a very difficult time understanding life's values and significance of life's values, and we're going to try to help him along.
"We're more interested in Chane the man than we are right now the basketball player. We want to see him prosper as a person as much as he has been prospering as a basketball player."
A preseason All-American Athletic Conference selection, Behanan averaged 9.8 points, 6.5 rebounds, shot 50.7 percent from the field and totaled 54 steals as a sophomore last season while starting 37 games. He was named to the NCAA Final Four All-Tournament team, producing a double-double against Michigan in the national championship game with 15 points and 12 rebounds.
The Hall of Fame head coach, who will be signing copies of his new book on Friday from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at football's Street Fest, also touched on other news surrounding college basketball, including rule changes that include hand-checking, the release of the preseason rankings in which the Cardinals are No. 3 in the USA Today Coaches Poll, and the Cardinals' development during the scrimmages.