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Chane Behanan transfer to American blocked; wants help from John Lucas

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(UPDATE: It turns out that the ACC’s transfer rules — not allowing a player to transfer to another program in the conference — do not yet apply to Louisville, so Chane Behanan will be allowed to transfer to a school in the league if he so chooses.)


It will be interesting to see what the next step in Chane Behanan’s career will be.

After getting booted out of Louisville, the former McDonald’s All-American is at a crossroads. He can sit out the rest of the season, transfer and then spend the 2014-2015 season redshirting, which will give him a full year of eligibility. He can enroll at a new school for the spring semester, in which case he will be eligible for the second semester next season. Or he can workout with a trainer, get an agent and try to find a way to scrape out a living as a professional basketball player.

He’s probably not going to be an NBA player, which means that the next few years of his life are not going to be all that glamourous.

It’s still early in the process and it’s unclear exactly what his decision will be, but what’s clear is that he likely won’t be allowed to transfer to another ACC or American program.

“In accordance with NCAA Bylaw, the University of Louisville grants all institutions with the exception of Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) member schools permission to contact University of Louisville student athlete Chane Behanan,” according to the letter sent by John C. Carns, Senior Associate AD for Compliance, and obtained by Adam Zagoria of SNY.tv.

“In addition, Chane is currently subject to the American Athletic Conference (AAC) intra-conference transfer policy for the 2013-14 academic year.”

Zagoria is also reporting that Arizona State, Northwestern, Utah, Delaware, Oregon and Iowa State have all expressed interest in Behanan’s services, but it’s clear he has other options. He’s looking at heading to Houston to spend time with John Lucas

“I’m hoping to go down there, take care of myself and then hopefully get another opportunity — wherever it may be,” Behanan told ESPN.com. “I haven’t decided what I’m going to do yet. First I’m going to go get help.”

Part of what Lucas does in Houston, in addition to working out athletes looking to get a second chance, is run an alcohol and drug treatment facility. Lucas had drug problems of his own during his playing days.

Sun Belt approves new scheduling format

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With an 11-member setup the Sun Belt Conference has played a 20-game conference schedule the last couple of years, which may be seen as a positive when it comes to determining the regular season champion (home-and-home between every team). But for a conference that spans from North Carolina (Appalachian State) to Texas (UT-Arlington, Texas State) travel was far from easy in that setup.

And with Coastal Carolina joining next season, it was clear that the league needed to do something with its scheduling.

Thursday the Sun Belt members approved an 18-game conference schedule, which will begin with the 2016-17 season when the league consists of 12 members. Included in the agreement is the assignment of travel partners (similar to setups in the Pac-12 and Ivy League), and teams playing no more than three consecutive conference games on the road.

Schools will also be guaranteed at least five weekend home games during conference play, and there will be no more weekends in which teams play conference games both home and away (thus cutting down on travel). Obviously with the addition of Coastal Carolina the Sun Belt needed to make some changes in their scheduling, and this week the conference made the moves they needed to make.

Former Wichita State assistant returns as a consultant

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Prior to a one-year stint as the head coach coach at Bowling Green that came to an end in early April as a result of an incident at a Bowling Green restaurant, Chris Jans was a member of Gregg Marshall’s coaching staff at Wichita State from 2007-14. During those seven seasons Jans was a key figure as the Shockers made the progression to a respected national power.

Jans is back in Wichita, with Paul Suellentrop of the Wichita Eagle reporting Thursday that he’s serving as a consultant to the program. Jans’ consulting agreement runs for 45 days, which the school can renew, and he’ll be paid $10,000 for the work. While Jans isn’t allowed to do any coaching, he can watch practices and provide Marshall and the coaching staff with his observations.

“He will be able to consult with the coaching staff, only on what he observes in practice,” said Darron Boatright, WSU deputy athletics director. “By NCAA rule, a consultant is not allowed to have communication with student-athletes … not about basketball-related activities or performance.”

While Jans (who according to the story has served in a similar role for another school) can’t do any coaching in this role, his return does give Marshall another trusted voice to call upon when needed. Wichita State bid farewell to an assistant coach this spring with Steve Forbes being hired as the head coach at East Tennessee State, with his position being filled by former Sunrise Christian Academy coach Kyle Lindsted.

h/t ShockerHoops.net