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Behanan: 'I'm going to get help'

By Matt Norlander | College Basketball Writer

Chane Behanan, left, has a long road ahead before he can play again. (USATSI)
Chane Behanan, left, has a long road ahead before he can play again. (USATSI)

Chane Behanan now has to move on with his life, as he's been kicked out of the Louisville basketball program. What will his next step be? The talented former Cardinals forward has a future in pro basketball, but he could opt to transfer within the college ranks and finish up his career there, still. He's currently a junior, and there are options -- albeit strictly outside of the ACC and AAC.

But first? Behanan's going to take care of himself and head to Houston. He's going to work with former NBA coach John Lucas and take some time at Lucas' rehabilation facility, the John Lucas Treatment and Recovery Center.

It's a big move for Behanan, who's had plenty of stumbles in the past two seasons that have led to numerous public shamings for him. Now he's going to reassess his life before getting on with it. Behanan spoke to former ally of the blog Jeff Goodman, who's now at ESPN.com. The specific nature of Behanan's reason for taking the trip has not been disclosed publicly.

"I'm hoping to go down there, take care of myself and then hopefully get another opportunity -- wherever it may be," Behanan said Thursday morning. "I haven't decided what I'm going to do yet. First I'm going to go get help."
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"I'm sorry that I let me teammates down, my family down and the coaching staff down," Behanan said. "I know the fans believed in me and stuck by me, and I apologize to them as well."
"Now I'm going to work on myself and being a better person," he added. "I'm still young and still learning. I'm hoping I can learn and get where I want to go in life."

Working with Lucas has become the de facto move for athletes and coaches in the public eye. Lucas, a former drug and alcohol abuser himself, has built a second career off rehabbing people with a variety of addictions. Everyone from former LSU star Tyrann Mathieu to former Rutgers coach Mike Rice to current Kentucky assistant Rod Strickland have spent time with Lucas. LeBron James and Blake Griffin sought out Lucas' words of wisdom in the past, too.

It's a public admission toward betterment, and probably the best move Behanan could make right now.

Behanan averaged 7.6 points and 6.3 rebounds in 12 games with the Cardinals, who are now 12-2 and play at Rutgers on Saturday.

An initial version of this story accidentally identified Rod Strickland as Dexter Strickland.
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