In fact, he said it was “not probable” that Behanan would come back to the team.
At a book signing on Thursday, though, Pitino said Behanan would return to the Cardinals “in a short period of time.”
From Cole Claybourn of the Messenger-Inquirer (Ky.):
Pitino on Behanan: "The reason he's suspended and not off the team: he told the truth. I said OK. There's going to be a penalty..." (more)— Cole Claybourn (@ColeClaybournMI) October 25, 2013
Pitino on Behanan: "...and a price to pay, but he told the truth. We'll get through this. Just do the right things and he'll be..." (more)— Cole Claybourn (@ColeClaybournMI) October 25, 2013
Pitino on Behanan: "...back on the team in a short period of time."— Cole Claybourn (@ColeClaybournMI) October 25, 2013
More from Claybourn's story:
"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."
Behanan, a 6-foot-6 junior, averaged 9.8 points and 6.5 rebounds per game last season. He was ranked No. 39 in our top 100 players in the country list, and is a key aspect of Louisville's attempt to repeat as national champions.
The Cardinals, who are ranked No. 2 in the CBSSports.com Top 25 (and one), open the season on Nov. 9 against Charleston.