(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 126.96.36.199, 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.