University of Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino admitted after his team's first exhibition of the season that he's "not a big suspension guy."
"I am not trying to send any messages," Pitino said. "If you say to your son to be home at midnight and he shows up at 3 a.m., then he can't go out next weekend.
Behanan, who started 37 games last season, was suspended for what Pitino has termed not taking care of business off the court during the summer. Pitino said Behanan will be suspended for both exhibition games and could return as early as the Nov. 11 regular-season opener against Manhattan.
"All my life I have believed in running guys until their legs fall off," Pitino said. " This was more of, ‘If you do this, you will get to play and if you don't do this, it's pointed out that you will miss so many games.'
"If you miss a class, you run. If you are late to practice, then you run. So it is spelled out what has to be done. I didn't suspend him, he suspended himself."
Ware, who has been called the most improved player on the roster this season, was suspended for what Pitino said he "hopes" would be one game.
"I take what they do very seriously," Pitino said. "Both are great guys and I like them a lot, but Chane's problems are from this summer. He had to do certain things to get back on the floor and he didn't do them."
Senior point guard Peyton Siva, who is one of the team leaders this season, said he has talked with both Behanan and Ware and said "they're both doing a lot better." He's a roommate with Ware.
"Everybody messes up and everybody has their faults," Siva said. "Chane had to serve his penalty and he will get back out there. He just needs to limit the distractions and he's doing a great job of that.
"Chane knows he's messed up and he can't wait to get back on the court. He's anxious to get back out there and we can't wait to have them both back."