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Chane Behanan’s Final Four ring removed from auction amid claims it was stolen

Jeff Eisenberg
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Chane Behanan's 2012 Final Four ring (via Grey Flannel Auctions)

Anyone hoping to receive Chane Behanan's 2012 Final Four ring for Christmas is probably out of luck.

Grey Flannel Auctions removed the item from bidding on Wednesday morning after the Louisville forward's mother told the sports memorabilia auctioneer that the ring had been stolen from the Behanan family.

Tuesday night's discovery that Behahan's ring was on the market sparked plenty of interest because college athletes are prohibited under NCAA rules from selling memorabilia while they're still in school.

Ohio State football players landed their program a bowl ban and helped get former coach Jim Tressell fired in 2010 when they sold championship rings, jerseys and other Buckeyes memorabilia. More recently, Oregon basketball players Dominic Artis and Ben Carter both received nine-game suspensions for selling Nike shoes they received from the school.

The explanation from Behanan's mother that the ring was stolen is certainly convenient, but not enough information has surfaced yet to assess it's validity. We don't know from whom the auction house acquired the ring or whether the Behanan family previously filed a police report stating that it was stolen.

A call from Yahoo Sports to Grey Flannel Auctions seeking further information on how it obtained the ring had not been returned as of Wednesday morning. Louisville spokesman Kenny Klein told the Courier-Journal the school is looking into the matter.

The hubbub surrounding the ring is merely the latest drama involving Behanan. Louisville coach Rick Pitino reinstated the forward earlier this month after indefinitely suspending him in October for undisclosed team rules violations.

Behanan's issues are a threat to Louisville's hopes of repeating as national champs because he is a key player for the Cardinals. The player Pitino once called his best freshman since Jamal Mashburn averaged 9.8 points and 6.5 rebounds last season and delivered 15 and 12 in the national championship game against Michigan.

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