Behanan plans to work with Lucas

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Former Louisville junior forward Chane Behanan said he plans to go to Houston to work with former NBA player and coach John Lucas, ESPN.com reported Thursday.

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

Lucas, who had drug problems of his own during his playing days, runs a drug and alcohol treatment program for athletes and coaches.

Behanan was dismissed from the school Monday for violating a university policy.

Behanan can transfer to another school and is eligible to play the second half of next season. He may also decide to play professionally.

"I'm sorry that I let my teammates down, my family down and the coaching staff down," Behanan said. "I know the fans believed in me and stuck by me, and I apologize to them as well.

"Now I'm going to work on myself and being a better person. I'm still young and still learning. I'm hoping I can learn and get where I want to go in life."

The 6-foot-6 Behanan, was a key player for the Cardinals over the past two seasons, including last year's national championship.

Louisville athletic director John Carns wrote a letter Thursday morning that specified that Behanan was free to seek a transfer, but not to an ACC school. Behanan's transfer destination are based on the policies of the conferences.

"We lost a really terrific man in many respects," coach Rick Pitino said Monday at a press conference. "Away from the lines, he just did not do the right things, over and over and over. The university has gone to the met for him, in giving him every opportunity to make it here. It's come to a difficult detour in his road. It's set our basketball team back immensely."

Behanan was suspended indefinitely in October for violating university and team rules, but Pitino did not give specifics. Behanan was reinstated less than a month later.

Since his reinstatement, Behanan's play regressed from last season, including his production and minutes.

In his final game for Louisville, Behanan went scoreless in 20 minutes in Saturday's loss to Kentucky. He averaged 7.6 points and 6.3 rebounds per game this season after averaging 9.8 points and 6.5 rebounds last season.

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