A 2012 Final Four ring with University of Louisville forward Chane Behanan’s name inscribed on it has showed up for sale via an online auction house Tuesday night.
By Wednesday morning, Grey Flannel Auctions had ended the sale, saying Behanan’s mother had told the company the ring had been stolen from the family.
Whether she’s telling the truth and just how the ring reached the auction are questions Behanan and Louisville are likely
going to have to answer at some point, and probably soon.
If Behanan sold the ring, that would be a violation of NCAA rules along the lines of what got Terrelle Pryor and other Ohio State football players in trouble in 2010 and eventually led to Pryor and coach Jim Tressel being dismissed from the program.
The auction ending is a sign the ring is real, which wasn’t totally clear when the story started making its way through the Twittersphere on Tuesday night.
The design of the ring is identical to a photo posted with a story by Cardinal Authority — the Scout.com site for Louisville — when the team first received its Final Four rings in September. That story also quotes Russ Smith saying his name was inscribed on the ring, as Behanan’s is on the ring in the auction.
A junior starter on last year’s national championship team, Behanan is a Cincinnati native who moved to Kentucky for his final two years of high school and has been a contributor since he joined Louisville’s program.
Behanan was suspended indefinitely in October by coach Rick Pitino, who said then that he doubted Behanan would be back. He was reinstated earlier this month.
Behanan is averaging 8.6 points and 6.2 rebounds in five games this season. He averaged 9.8 points and 6.5 rebounds last season.