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NCAA Rules Kanter Permanently Ineligible

Kentucky basketball signee Enes Kanter has been ruled permanently ineligible by the NCAA.

Kanter was first ruled ineligible by the NCAA on Nov. 11 when it was determined that Kanter received benefits “above his actual and necessary expenses” while he played for a professional team in Turkey from 2008-09. Kanter received $33,033 more than the permitted expenses, according to the NCAA.

The ruling from the NCAA that Kanter is ineligible should not be a surprise, writes John Clay of the Lexington Herald-Leader:

“There was no dispute that Kanter received money. UK’s wanted the NCAA to look at the intent, where the money was concerned. The NCAA only saw money. And that made Kanter a professional.”

Kentucky coach John Calipari said the following in a released statement:

“The silver lining is that Enes will always be part of this team. My job will be to prepare him for his entry into the NBA draft, which this decision by the (NCAA) will likely necessitate. Enes will always be a part of our family and I plan to be by his side in the green room whenever he is drafted.”

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Kanter Ruling Expected Today

The long battle over the eligibility of Kentucky signee Enes Kanter is expected to come to an end today.  “A source close to the situation” has told that the NCAA is likely to reveal its decision shortly.

The NCAA already ruled the Turkish big man “permanently ineligible,” but UK officials re-filed his case after the governing body’s Cam Newton ruling.

Can you say, “But Kanter didn’t know what his parents were doing?”

We at have our fingers crossed for Kanter to be cleared.  If player ignorance works in one athlete’s favor it should work in other athletes’ favor, too. 

But we won’t be holding our breath.  In Kanter’s case, money changed hands.  In Newton’s it did not.  The NCAA will likely fall back on that fact and ignore what Kanter might or might not have known.

UPDATE — Jerry Tipton of The Lexington Herald-Leader breaks the situation down right here.

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Coach Cal’s Mailbag

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And below this post, don’t forget to read Glenn’s outstanding analysis of the ongoing Enes Kanter saga.

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UK says it has ‘new information’ on Kanter’s eligibility

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The University of Kentucky just issued a statement saying it had new information it wanted to submit in regard to the eligibility of Enes Kanter.

UK had been expected this week to appeal an earlier NCAA ruling that declared Kanter permanently ineligible because he played three seasons for a professional team in his native Turkey.

It was unclear whether that hearing took place. But according to NCAA rules, new information cannot be part of the appeals process.

UK apparently will ask or has asked to resubmit its request to have Kanter declared eligible.

Spokesman DeWayne Peevy said the NCAA did not permit UK to comment on the nature of the new information.

Here’s the UK statement:

“The University of Kentucky has requested an opportunity to submit additional information regarding the eligibility of men’s basketball student-athlete Enes Kanter. When a school receives new information that could impact a student-athlete’s eligibility, it is a standard NCAA process to provide the university with an opportunity to resubmit the case for consideration.

“Because an NCAA appellate body, such as the Committee on Student-Athlete Reinstatement, cannot hear new information on appeal, this reconsideration must first be made by the NCAA reinstatement staff.  The university would then have an opportunity to appeal the staff decision to the committee. This opportunity is available to ensure a fair and thorough consideration of eligibility matters for the student-athlete.

“The NCAA and University of Kentucky will not have any further comment regarding the specifics of this case until the process has concluded.”


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Like fans, UK players anxious to learn Kanter’s fate

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Anxious. Eager to know. Believing he could make a big difference.
Kentucky players are no different than their fans when it comes to the long-awaited decision on whether the NCAA will “free” Enes Kanter.
The definite and final decision on Kanter’s disputed eligibility is expected at any time.
“I think we’re all getting pretty anxious,” wing Darius Miller said on Thursday. “He’s a great player and he’d be a huge help and asset to the team.”
But, Miller added, “We’re all waiting like everybody else.”
Earlier this fall, the NCAA declared Kanter permanently ineligible because he played for a professionial team in his native Turkey. During the last of the three seasons for that team, he received $33,033 in excess of the permitted “actual and necessary” expenses, UK and the NCAA agreed.
UK’s appeal of that ruling was expected to take place this week. NCAA procedures suggest a decision would be made the same day as the appeal hearing, but could take a day or two to announce.
“Really, I don’t have a clue when we’ll find out,” Miller said. “Hopefully, we do find out today.”
Assistant Coach John Robic, who again substituted for Head Coach John Calipari in a media session, said the program had no idea when a decision would be announced.
What is not in dispute is that Kentucky would welcome Kanter to the team.
“If he plays Saturday (at North Carolina), I don’t know, that’d be crazy,” freshman guard Doron Lamb said. “I know Kentucky would be happy.”
Lamb acknowledged that he thinks about Kanter joining the team.
“I don’t really sleep on it,” he said. “But I think about it sometimes. . . . We just have to wait and see.”


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Something’s Off In Kanter, Newton Decisions

Yesterday’s ruling by the NCAA and the SEC has led — sadly — only to more and more questions.  Writers across American are drawing comparisons between School X and Auburn, between Player X and Cam Newton.

If you’re not living on The Plains, I’m sure your local SEC paper is asking what about So-and-So who was suspended from Hometown U for… (insert violation here).

Case in point: Mike DeCourcy of The Sporting News wants to know how the Cam Newton case is already settled while the book on Kentucky basketball player Enes Kanter still remains open. 

“Enes Kanter might be permanently ineligible because his family, thousands of miles and a culture or two removed from NCAA regulations, did not properly interpret what their son would be allowed to accept from a club while he practices and competed.  Kanter was only 16-years-old when all this began, and yet he is being held strictly liable for how his family managed his eligibility.  He is derided by many in the media as a “professional,” the words pronounced as though spelled with entirely scarlet letters.

Cam Newton will be permitted to play the remainder of his college football career, whether it’s two more games or through the 2011 season.  His family had every reason to fully understand NCAA rules, because Newton already had gone through the recruiting process once and played two seasons at the University of Florida.  And yet Cecil Newton has acknowledged attempting to arrange for a payment from Mississippi State in exchange for getting his son to sign there last winter.  Cam Newton is being excused on the grounds he did not know about that pursuit.”

Auburn fans — many, most, 99 and 44/100ths, whatever — will point out that Kanter’s family took the cash while Newton’s family did not.

True enough, but only the most blind fan (of any team) in the world would not see the point that DeCourcy makes is a sound one.  It’s at least a question that needs to be asked… knowing that no answer will ever come.

“One family purposefully does wrong, shredding the NCAA’s most obvious rule, and the son prospers and excels.

One family mistakenly stumbles outside the more ambiguous pages of the NCAA’s rulebook, and the son sits with the weight of permanent ineligibility draped across his shoulders.”

DeCourcy believes the NCAA should attempt to be taken seriously and allow the Kanter family to simply pay back the money they received.

“The Kanters would gladly write that check.  Unlike some, they are not looking to be enriched by their son’s time as an NCAA athlete.”

We agree.  On both counts.

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Waiting on Enes Kanter and other random notes

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Daily randoms for Thursday:

WAITING ON FREE ENES – Know many are drawing comparisons between the the Cameron Newton and Enes Kanter eligibility cases, but we’ll have to see if the NCAA draws the same connection. Newton’s father was shopping his son, and the NCAA ruled (for now) that his actions were without the knowledge of his son. (Not sure I’m buying that, by the way.) The Kanter case goes back to the fact he was paid above and beyond reasonable expenses when he played for that Turkish club team. Even UK agrees to that, or at least that’s my understanding. What is in dispute is the intent of the money paid. The NCAA ruled that it did not matter that the Kanters used it for educational purposes. UK is arguing that it does matter. UK says the Kanters did everything they could to keep Kanter’s amateur status. And apparently the appeal was heard Wednesday. So we should know something by this weekend. Once and for all.

ON TAP — We media types are to get the UK basketball players and then head coach John Calipari today around 2:15 — time subject to change, of course — to preview Saturday’s game at North Carolina. I’ll have news nuggets and then video on the blog once the proceedings end. Cal doesn’t use the Memorial Coliseum media room for the press conferences. He likes to stand outside the practice floor, and we envelope him in a semi-circle. It’s a thick crowd, so the key for us with our trusty flip cameras is to get good position. We’re becoming good at boxing out.

WELCOME HOME (NOT) — Tonight will be all about LeBron’s return to Cleveland. Heard Cowherd yesterday warning Cleveland not doing anything stupid that would stain the city for years. Cleveland fans face their own decision, writes Mary Schmitt Boyer of the Plain-Dealer. Wright Thompson of writes on Believeland. But as my friend Jim, a Cleveland native, says: “It’s on Queen James.”

As for the Heat, they remind (old) me of the old Lakers, with Wilt Chamberlain, Elgin Baylor and Jerry West. LeBron is Wilt.

LeBron’s a lost cause, writes Fox Sports’ Jason Whitlock. (Speakin of Jason, I notice he now refers to the author of “Tuesdays with Morrie” as Myth Albom.)

And I really liked this column from last week by Michael Rosenberg of on why people hate LeBron.

UK BOWL TICKETS — From UK football contact Tony Neely:

LEXINGTON, Ky. – A reminder to fans desiring to order tickets for Kentucky’s bowl game, advance ticket applications are due on Friday, Dec. 3.

Kentucky’s destination for its school-record fifth-consecutive bowl appearance and the opponent will be announced officially on Sunday.

Here is the ticket information:

  • University of Kentucky season-ticket holders should already have a bowl application sent through e-mail and U.S. mail. UK season-ticket holders may order tickets by mail, fax (859-323-1269) or online through their “My UK” account by Friday, Dec. 3, at 4 p.m. Ticket applications also can be delivered in-person to the UK Ticket Office at the Joe Craft Center, which is open Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Non-season-ticket holders may access an application online at Those applications should be mailed or faxed (859-323-1269) by Friday, Dec. 3, at 4 p.m. Non-season-ticket holders also may order tickets in-person at the UK Ticket Office.
  • Fans also may call the UK Ticket Office at 800-928-2287, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Because of the anticipated large number of phone calls, we encourage fans to order tickets via mail, fax, online, or in person at the ticket office.
  • E-mail confirmation of all orders will be sent on Monday, Dec. 6.

KYRIE IRVING — Friend of mine, who knows his hoops, and I won’t say who, told me, “Brandon Knight is really good. But Kyrie Irving is better.” Irving sure looked good last night, leading Duke to an 84-79 win over visiting Michigan State. The freshman scored 18 of his 31 points in the first half. So far, anyway, Duke looks head and shoulders above everyone else. But we haven’t really gone that far, yet, have we?

Seth Davis says Irving is the best freshman Coach K has ever had at Duke.

And Dana O’Neill of says it’s safe to say that Irving has arrived.

OVC OPENERS TONIGHT — Eastern Kentucky and Morehead both open OVC play at home tonight. Murray State is at Eastern at 7:30. has the livestream. UT-Martin is at Morehead State at 7:45. In other action, Tennessee State is at Eastern Illinois. And Austin Peay is at SEMO.

TOUGH SELL? — Mitch Barnhart tells Chip Cosby he wants a $150- to $180-million facelift of Commonwealth Stadium. That’s certainly desirable, but given the economy right now, will that be a hard sell?

JORTS OVERSIGHT – Forgot to include Jerry Tipton’s story on Josh Harrellson in the Big Blue Links.

LOUISVILLE WINS WITH A YAWN – Louisville had little trouble with Isiah Thomas and Florida International 92-55 last night. But Rick Bozich of the C-J writes that it didn’t offer much insight into how well Louisville is playing right now. Pitino has loaded up on the cupcakes this non-conference season, though it’s not necessarily his fault that Butler is bad. The Bulldogs play Duke on Saturday, by the way.

E-MAIL — From Eric:

poor stevie johnson. national unemployment rate of almost %10 and he’s working for the nfl. think he’s got anything to be grateful for?

You can e-mail me at

FLORIDA’S FLOPS — First, the Gator football team experiences a fall meltdown. Now, the basketball team loses to Central Florida, abused by Michael Jordan’s son, Marcus. Could it get worse? Mike Bianchi of the Orlando Sentinel says that Central Florida is better than the Gators in both football and basketball. I think Florida will be ok, long-term. Billy Donovan is having a difficult time now incorporating his younger players with his veterans. Plus, Florida is having a hard time putting the ball in the basket.

REDS NEWS – John Fay of Cincinnati Enquirer reports that the Reds have started preliminary talks with Jay Bruce and Joey Votto. Not a moment too soon, either, in my view. But the Rockie’s long-term signing of Troy Tulowitzki to big money will no doubt have an affect on Votto’s monetary prospects.

BUNGLES — Chances are, I may have made my last (1) trip to Paul Brown Stadium, but the defending champion New Orleans Saints are in the Queen City on Sunday. So expect Cincy to drop to 2-10. Question is will Marvin Lewis make it back for next season? His contract is up, and some have said he turned down extension offers earlier.

SONG LIST — A blog comment from yesterday’s post asking what music you would play when Bruce Pearl stepped on the floor at Rupp after his suspension:


I came up with several songs which might be appropriate for Bruce Pearl in no particular order:

1. Liar! – Three Dog Night
2. Come On a My House -Rosemary Clooney
3. Don’t Tell – Snoop Dogg
4. Sounds of Silence – Simon and Garfunkel
5. Don’t Tell Anyone – Jonas Brothers
6. Love the Way You Lie – Eminem
7. Livin’ a Lie – Rihanna
8. I’d Lie – Taylor Swift.
9. Would I Lie to You – Eurythmics
10. Your Cheatin’ Heart – Hank Williams
11. Moonglow (Theme song from movie “Picnic”); also brings to mind Pictures at an Exhibition

For Brandy Pearl we have a mash up of the songs Better Man (Pearl Jam) and
a song from the thirties my mom would hum Its a Sin To Tell a Lie.

Even a Foggy Mountain Breakdown would be better than Rocky Top.

Really like the Eurythimcs reference. Bruce and Annie Lennox.

BIG BANG — Readers of this blog may know of my fondness for the sitcom the “Big Bang Theory.” Here’s a good New Yorker piece on its creator, Chuck Lorre.


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Kentucky Basketball: Does The Cam Newton Decision Give Hope To Kanter?

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Can freedom for Cam equal freedom for Enes?

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As virtually everyone knows right now, Cam Newton was declared ineligible by the NCAA, then ruled eligible by the reinstatement committee less than 24 hours later.

The reasoning, apparently, is that Cam Newton’s father did all the “pay for play” negotiations behind his son’s back.  Newton did not know about the scheme, ergo the NCAA feels that it is inequitable for him to be declared ineligible for his father’s deliberate flouting of the rules.

In the Kanter case, the argument will be that not only did Dr. and Mrs. Mehmet Kanter not flout the rules, but they actively tried to comply with them within the limits of their understanding, applying his son’s compensation to his education and cordoning off any excess money against possible NCAA problems.  It also seems likely that Enes Kanter, a minor, had no input into the disposition of the cash.

I think a person could make a good argument that the two cases have similarities in equity, if not in fact.

Discuss amongst yourselves.  I am entertaining a majority partner from the UK this week, so blogging will be irregular.  But we do have a familiar face returning to A Sea of Blue.  I’ll let you guess who it is, and save it as a surprise.

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The NCAA Says Newton Is Good To Go

Auburn fans, you may now breathe a sigh of relief.

And for all you folks who wrote, shared and believed those messageboard horror stories, well, better luck next time.

The NCAA has cleared Cam Newton to play on Saturday against South Carolina and in the Tigers’ bowl game.

Looks like Henry Fonda was right to reserve judgement on this one.

As a result of the NCAA’s investigation into Newton’s recruitment, Auburn has limited his father’s access to AU athletic events.  And Mississippi State has disassociated itself from former player Kenny Rogers.

The NCAA’s ruling on the matter was as follows:

“Auburn University football student-athlete Cam Newton is immediately eligible to compete, according to a decision today by the NCAA student-athlete reinstatement staff.  The NCAA concluded on Monday that a violation of amateurism rules occurred, therefore Auburn University declared the student-athlete ineligible yesterday for violations of NCAA amateurism rules.”

Wow.  Amazing that that one didn’t leak out.

According to the NCAA, there will be no penalties against Auburn or Newton and no Auburn wins are in jeopardy.

Let the questions begin:

1.  What was the violation that occurred?  If sources are correct, it’s likely the fact that his father did ask MSU boosters for cash.  But that’s not been verified yet.

2.  Why did the NCAA decide not to punish Newton?  Every case is different.  “Yeah, yeah” say Alabama and Georgia and Mississippi State and Kentucky fans.  “Why were Marcel Dareus, AJ Green, Renardo Sidney and Enes Kanter forced to sit for their violations?”  Plenty of folks will demand answers over this one.

3.  If our belief in Point One that Newton’s dad admitted to asking for cash is correct, then Mike Slive will have an interesting decision to make.  The SEC’s by-laws state that no parent or guardian or other agent can solicit money on behalf of a player without the player being ruled ineligible.  By the letter of the law — IF Point One was the violation spoken of — Newton should be declared ineligible. 

So again we wait for all the dust to settle and for all the questions to be answered.

But for now, it looks like Newton and Auburn are good to go.

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Another Kanter Q&A

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There’s no news on the Enes Kanter front yet, but Kentucky expects the NCAA to hear its…

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