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UofL: Behanan had no knowledge of Final Four ring's theft, auction

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LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - The University of Louisville and law enforcement officials have concluded that UofL forward Chane Behanan had nothing to do with the appearance of his 2012 Final Four ring on a sports memorabilia auction site, according to a university spokesperson. 

Kenny Klein, UofL Sports Information Director, said Friday that both police and the university gathered extensive information from multiple parties and found no indication that Behanan was involved in the process that led to his ring being offered for sale earlier in the week on greyflannelauctions.com.

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Klein said Behanan had no knowledge that the ring had been stolen until information about the auction appeared on social media sites Tuesday night. 

Earlier on Friday, Behanan's mother said a relative she refused to identify had stolen the ring from Behanan's grandmother who lives in Cincinnati. Heaven Warren said Behanan had given the ring to his grandmother to thank her for helping raise him. 

Warren also said her son has passed a polygraph test concerning the path the ring took to the online auction site. 

Any involvement by Behanan could have meant trouble for the 6'6", 250-pound junior. An incident involving NCAA memorabilia in 2011 led to the downfall of Ohio State head football coach Jim Tressel and player Terrelle Pryor. Pryor and several other players were caught giving championship rings, jerseys and other items to the owner of a tattoo parlor under federal investigation for drug trafficking in exchange for tattoos. Pryor was dismissed from the team. Tressel resigned after it was revealed he had learned about the players' arrangement with the tattoo parlor's owner and failed to report it.

Behanan, who is averaging 8.6 points and 7.5 rebounds, and the Cardinals (5-1) will face Southern Mississippi Friday night at the KFC Yum! Center.

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