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Rick Pitino reinstates Chane Behanan to Louisville team

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Louisville's Chane Behanan, left, has been reinstated to the Cardinals after a suspension. (USATSI)

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Chane Behanan has been reinstated to the Louisville basketball team and could theoretically play Tuesday night against Hofstra, coach Rick Pitino announced Monday.

This is obviously a huge change from the original plan.

Here's the quote from Oct. 17:

"Can Chane come back on the team?" Pitino said while announcing the suspension in a suprise move on a Thursday afternoon. "It is possible. It's not probable."

Pitino added that the earliest Behanan would rejoin the team was mid-December.

Perhaps he meant mid-November.

Because, less than a month later, Behanan will be uniform Tuesday and in a position to help solidify Louisville's frontcourt. The 6-foot-6 junior averaged 9.8 points and 6.5 rebounds last season. He'll likely eventually start beside sophomore Montrezl Harrel.

Also worth noting: Pitino said Monday that Luke Hancock has been cleared to play. He missed Saturday's season-opening win over Charleston because of a nagging Achilles injury.

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