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Chane Behanan’s marijuana citation dismissed

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Almost two months after being cited for marijuana possession in Louisville, former Cardinals forward Chane Behanan had that citation dismissed, according to a report from Jeff Greer of the Courier-Journal.

Back on April 2, Behanan was cited with marijuana possession at a traffic stop in Louisville. It was the latest incident in a tumultuous season for the 6-foot-7 forward. He was suspended indefinitely from the team in October, earned his way back, only to be dismissed after appearing in only 12 games as a junior.

“It was a humbling experience,” he told the Courier-Journal.

In January, Behanan elected to transfer to Colorado State. That commitment was brief, as he declared for the 2014 NBA Draft in late-April. He’s projected to go undrafted, though, he has workouts lined up with the Minnesota Timberwolves and the Philadelphia 76ers. Behanan has recently finished a stint in Houston at John Lucas’ rehabilitation and training program.

Behanan averaged 9.8 points and 6.5 rebounds as a sophomore, helping Louisville claim the 2013 National Title.

Chane Behanan pleads not guilty to marijuana possession

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On Monday, former Louisville forward and Colorado State transfer Chane Behanan announced he would enter the 2014 NBA Draft.

However, during the 2013-2014 season, Behanan made most of his headlines off the court. He was dismissed from the Louisville basketball team in December, and earlier this month was cited for marijuana possession.

Behanan pleaded not guilty to that citation on Tuesday afternoon in Jefferson County District Court, according to the Mark Boxley of the Courier-Journal.

Court documents state that Behanan’s pretrial is set for June 11 at 9 a.m.

Behanan was an instrumental part to the Cardinals’ 2013 National Title, averaging 9.8 points and 6.5 rebounds per game. He appeared in only 12 games this past season for Louisville, averaging 7.6 and 6.3 boards in 18.6 minutes per game.

He announced his decision to transfer to Colorado State in January.

Larry Eustachy: ‘My feeling is Chane is going to go pro’

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It’s looking more and more likely that ex-Louisville Cardinal Chane Behanan will never suit up for Colorado State after all.

“My feeling is Chane is going to go pro, if he hasn’t already,” Colorado State head coach Eustachy told the Denver Post. “We talked about it. I have a feeling that’s going to happen in the next few days.

“Chane is a great kid. He’ll do fine in the NBA. From Day One, I thought this was a possibility. We took a shot.”

Earlier this week, Adam Zagoria of reported that Chane Behanan had hired an agent and was planning on declaring for the NBA Draft.

Behanan was kicked off of the Louisville basketball team back in December. “Away from the lines, he just did not do the right things over and over and over,” Rick Pitino said at the time. Behanan, spending some time at John Lucas’ facility in Houston, committed to play at Colorado State for Larry Eustachy, who also spent time with Lucas to deal with substance abuse issues.

Behanan was cited for marijuana possession earlier this month.

Report: Chane Behanan cited for marijuana possession in Louisville

University of Louisville's Chane Behanan dunks the basketball over the North Carolina A&T's defense during the first half of their second round NCAA basketball game at the Rupp Arena in Lexington
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According to a report from Janelle MacDonald of WAVE 3 News in Louisville, former Cardinals forward Chane Behanan, now a Colorado State Ram, was allegedly cited for marijuana possession this morning in Louisville.

This is clearly not good news for Behanan, who had left Louisville to find a fresh start for his senior season. The 6-foot-7 forward was an important piece in Louisville’s 2013 championship team but was dismissed from the team in late December of 2013 and he began working out with John Lucas in Houston to re-gain his focus.

Behanan admitted to marijuana use before, after practices and games and always alone, to Bleacher Report’s Jason King in February.

If this citation turns out to be correct, then it would look really bad for Behanan and his basketball career.

Assigned Reading: Chane Behanan’s fresh start with John Lucas and Colorado State

University of Louisville's Chane Behanan dunks the basketball over the North Carolina A&T's defense during the first half of their second round NCAA basketball game at the Rupp Arena in Lexington
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As the college basketball season rolls along into mid-February, one of the forgotten players of the year is former Louisville forward Chane Behanan.

Well, its not as if Behanan is forgotten, but he transferred to Colorado State after being kicked out of Louisville and now he isn’t playing until next season.

But Behanan is on the comeback trail, and in this good read from Jason King of Bleacher Report, Behanan is working with John Lucas in Houston to overcome some of the pitfalls in his life, including marijuana use.

For the last six weeks he’s lived out of a hotel room at the Drury Inn, where Lucas picks him up at 6:30 each morning. The two usually spend the next few hours talking about their lives, often over breakfast or during a drive through the city.

They arrive at the gym around 8:30 for conditioning, shooting and ball-handling drills. Then comes a break before another workout follows at 12:30.

Lucas said Behanan struggled with the routine for the first few weeks. There were times when he had to go up to his room, open the door—Lucas has the key—and coax him out of bed.

Behanan also had some eye-opening admissions about his marijuana use and activity around the city of Louisville:

Behanan said he began smoking weed regularly, often after a long practice or a tough, physical game—and almost always when he was alone. He didn’t want anyone to see him getting high.

Asked if he became addicted to the drug, Behanan said. “I would say so, yes. It’s hard to know for sure. But I definitely liked it.”

Behanan, though, said smoking marijuana never became a daily habit, that he only did it on occasion.

“It just seemed like every time I did it, I got caught,” he said. “I don’t know if it was a sign from God, warning me…I don’t know.”

The rest of the post is definitely worth checking out and can be found here.

Report: Chane Behanan to transfer to Colorado State

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Former Louisville forward Chane Behanan will transfer to Colorado State for his final season of eligibility, according to a report from Jason King of Bleacher Report.

Behanan, who is still in Houston receiving treatment for personal issues at the John Lucas Treatment and Recovery Center, has already enrolled in online courses at the university. He will be eligible to play in December but will remain in Houston through the spring, King reported.

“I am extremely excited to have Chane enrolled at Colorado State,” Colorado State head coach LarryEustachy said in a school release. “It is a great fit for both of us. He is a tremendous kid, and I really enjoyed getting to know him during his brief visit to Fort Collins.

“Chane is one of most talented players in the country, and he will be a key addition to our program next season. He has excelled at the highest level of collegiate athletics and there is no doubt that he will be one of the highest profile players to ever compete on the hardwood for the Rams.”

During his time in Louisville, the Cincinnati native had been in and out of trouble. Before getting kicked off the team in December, Behanan was suspended indefinitely in October.

He was averaging 7.6 points and 6.3 boards this season, numbers that were way down from what the former McDonald’s All-American averaged in Louisville’s run to the National Title last season.

Eustachy worked with John Lucas to get himself sober after his infamously got fired from Iowa State after pictures surfaced of him drinking with students at a frat party on a road trip to Missouri. It hasn’t been publicly stated or reported that issues with substance abuse is the reason that Behanan was dismissed from Louisville, but if that was the cause of his continued issues with the Cardinals, going to play for a coach that has beaten his own substance abuse demons could end up being a great decision.

“I respect Coach Eustachy and what he’s been through. We have a good connection,”Behanan told King.