Report: Northwestern reaches out to ex-Louisville star Behanan

Report: Northwestern reaches out to ex-Louisville star Behanan
January 2, 2014, 5:15 pm
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Vinnie Duber

Northwestern hasn't had much reason to land in the headlines in Chris Collins' first season, but it's potentially what they're doing off the court that's the biggest news out of Evanston this year.

According to a report from ZagsBlog, a hoops blog affiliated with SNY, Northwestern is one of several schools that has already reached out to dismissed Louisville forward Chane Behanan with intentions of bringing him in as a transfer.

Behanan was dismissed from the team Monday for an unspecified violation of Louisville rules, though the reason is potentially made a bit clearer after CBS Sports reported he will be heading to John Lucas' treatment center in Houston. The 6-foot-6 junior averaged 7.6 points per game and 6.3 rebounds per game in 12 games with the Cardinals. Last season, Behanan averaged 9.8 points per game and had a terrific performance in Louisville's win in the national title game over Michigan, scoring 15 points and hauling in 12 rebounds.

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Several reports indicated that Behanan, by rule, cannot transfer to a school in Louisville's current conference, the AAC, or its future conference, the ACC.

Northwestern could use the services of one of the nation's more talented players. The Cats are off to a rough 7-6 start in their first season under new head coach Collins.

Behanan — who has reportedly also been contacted by Arizona State, Utah, Delaware, Oregon and Iowa State — wouldn't be Northwestern's first transfer from Pitino's Louisville squad. Bill Carmody brought in Jared Swopshire, who spent two years at Louisville before playing in 24 games for the Cats last season.