Cardinals coach Rick Pitino dismissed Behanan from the team on Monday for a violation of university policy, saying in a press conference: "… He just did not do the right things, over and over and over."
Despite Northwestern's trademark high standards for academics and character, Chris Collins is – and should be – desperate to shore up his frontcourt.
Regardless of the seemingly low likelihood of the Wildcats landing Behanan, Collins and his staff have settled on a wide search for a true power forward presence.
This current roster, lacking in many ways, is especially weak up front. Sophomore center Alex Olah struggles with inconsistency, and the team lacks any true-four style of player — with the majority of production arriving from the perimeter.
The recent news is not related to any potential transfers on the current roster, as Behanan could sit out all of next season before returning to the court in 2015-16. He would have one year of eligibility remaining.
It's impossible to deny Behanan's on-court talent. The 6-6, 250 Cincinnati native earned 2012 NCAA West Regional Most Outstanding Player honors as part of his national introduction.
After several disciplinary issues, he'll leave Louisville with career averages of 9.4 points and 6.9 rebounds. Earlier today, Jeff Goodman of ESPN.com reported that Behanan plans to seek help and rehab with former NBA player 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 him.
Behanan or otherwise, Northwestern seems absolutely set on acquiring frontcourt help, even through unconventional means. Collins' aggressive recruiting tactics have extended to his pursuit of transfers. He can only do so much with the current roster, but he can completely mold the team's future.