The above picture is of Rick Pitino telling Chane Behanan to shut the hell up and play basketball. Actually, I have no idea what Rick Pitino is saying to the Cardinal “star” but I’m Chane is paying close attention. The power forward has been put on a one semester ban from the media and he was also suspended for the Cards’ first exhibition game against Pikeville. Rick Pitino is not disclosing the reason as to why he suspended the player and the Louisville media are not pressing the issue.
What we do know is that Chane is very opinionated and his mouth gets him into trouble. No doubt Pitino is trying to send a message to him and to the rest of the team: “we are supposed to be really good this year but things happen, so don’t go running your mouth just in case we stink.”
There are past examples of Behanan making bold proclamations and predictions. Here are a couple to refresh your memory:
We’re the number one team in the country in my eyes, and like I said we’re going undefeated. Point blank period. December 17th, 2011
Here is the video of his comments in all their glory:
The kid doesn’t lack confidence, does he?
Obviously the Cards did not go undefeated and they weren’t the number one team in the country at any point during the season. They ended up losing multiple times. Twice to Kentucky, one of those losses being in the Final Four. Speaking of the Final Four, here is what he said heading into their Sweet Sixteen showdown:
We get to the Final Four, it’s a piece of cake from there. March 18th, 2012
Obviously it wasn’t a piece of cake as the Cards ran into Kentucky in the Final Four and were sent back to The Ville with their tails between their legs. I guess he didn’t actually look at the bracket and see the Wildcats lurking there.
Now we can see why John Calipari lightened up on his recruitment of Behanan. The kid’s mouth writes checks that his team can’t always cash and his attitude has been a problem at times. He really doesn’t fit into the “be your brother’s keeper” mold at Kentucky. Plus, Cal had some guy named Terrence Jones that was pretty damn good.