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Louisville dealing with player losses

After Louisville lost to Kentucky last weekend, Cardinals fans were dealt more bad news.

Forward Chane Behanan, who was such a big part of Louisville's run to the national championship in 2012-13, wore out his welcome for the last time and was dismissed from the program.

If that wasn't enough, coach Rick Pitino also announced guard Kevin Ware, who came back from the gruesome leg injury he suffered in last season's NCAA tournament, would most likely be moved to redshirt status and miss the rest of the season.

If Ware does redshirt, he will have to petition the NCAA to regain the eligibility year that consisted of nine games in 2013-14. I believe that will happen. I hope he can return to his old form and be a factor on the court.

In the case of Behanan, it appears that he did not learn from his past mistakes. Pitino clearly gave him several opportunities after suspending him earlier this season.

Behanan did not look like himself in the loss at Kentucky. Now he has time to reflect on his future. Remember, he was vital on the glass in last season's Final Four, helping Louisville cut down the nets.

The bottom line is Behanan was your typical Mr. Potential, a player who coulda, shoulda, woulda been a star. His fall from grace is really sad.

I'm hoping Behanan takes a moment to look in the mirror. It is time for him to make changes and be a winner in the game of life. There is still time for him to get things together.

p>On Thursday, Behanan announced he will seek help from former NBA star John Lucas, who has aided numerous athletes in the past. There are key steps when you have an issue in your life: You must admit there is a problem, define the problem and formulate a plan to attack the problem. Behanan took a positive step by admitting a problem!

But here's a word of advice to all those who have the Cardinals going nowhere with the loss of Behanan: I know Pitino, and don't bet on a collapse. Louisville still has Russ Smith and Chris Jones in the backcourt. Others will have to step up and perform in the frontcourt. But there is talent on the roster and this team will be a winner.