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The NCAA has ruled. Enes Kanter will not play.

Post  MULECHOPS on Sat Jan 08, 2011 12:59 pm

Enes Kanter ruled permanently ineligibleEmail Print Comments1073 Associated Press

LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Kentucky's pursuit of an NCAA title won't include freshman center Enes Kanter.

The NCAA Student-Athlete Reinstatement Committee upheld Friday an earlier NCAA decision that deemed Kanter permanently ineligible for receiving more than $33,000 in impermissible benefits while playing for the Turkish club team Fenerbahce two years ago.


The ruling means Kanter will not be able to play, practice or travel with the team but will be able to receive financial aid should he choose to remain at the school.

"We are obviously disappointed in this decision and find it unfortunate that a group of adults would come to such a decision regarding the future of an 18-year-old young man," coach John Calipari said.

Calipari has maintained from the beginning that Kanter is an amateur in his eyes. He says his job now is to prepare the Kanter for the NBA draft. The 6-foot-11 center is projected as a top-10 draft pick.

"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," Calipari said.

The decision ends a long saga that included two different attempts by the university to clear Kanter. The NCAA initially ruled Kanter ineligible on Nov. 11 by the NCAA reinstatement staff. The reinstatement committee upheld that decision on Dec. 2, but the school was granted permission to have the case reconsidered because of new information on Dec. 8.

The new action ended with a similar result. The reinstatement staff ruled against Kanter again on Dec. 10, and the appeal was heard by the reinstatement committee on Thursday.


Both the school and the NCAA agreed that Kanter received $33,033 in 2008-09 while playing for Fenerbahce's club team. Calipari said about $20,000 of that money went toward Kanter's educational expenses, but the NCAA bylaws consider a player who receives money above necessary expenses a professional.

"The final decision of the reinstatement committee is completely compatible with the collegiate model of sports our members have developed, since he received a significant amount of money, above his actual expenses, from a professional team prior to coming to college," said Kevin Lennon, NCAA vice president of academic and membership affairs.

Kanter has become a cult figure during his time on campus. He was introduced to a rousing ovation during Big Blue Madness in October, walking across a smoke-filled stage while ominous music played over the speakers.

Fans have taken up a "Free Enes" movement that included T-shirts and photos of fans holding "Free Enes" banners everywhere from Rupp Arena to the U.S. Capitol.

Kanter has been allowed to practice with the team during the review process and was dressed Friday as the 10th-ranked Wildcats prepared for their Southeastern Conference opener against Georgia.

University spokesman DeWayne Peevy said it's likely Kanter will be able remain involved in the program in some capacity so long as he stays in school.

Calipari had hired Wayne Turner in September, adding the former star guard to his staff while he completes his undergraduate degree. NCAA rules allow former players who have re-enrolled in school to be used as on-court staffers.

Kanter's family could take the NCAA to court to file an injunction. Calipari said Friday "whatever they choose to do as a family, we'll support."


Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press
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Post  BestdamnUKfanperiod on Sat Jan 08, 2011 4:10 pm

Still can't believe it.
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Post  SuckITCalH8ers on Sat Jan 08, 2011 8:49 pm

Typical NCAA. It was expected and there's nothing to do but look forward.
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Post  MULECHOPS on Sun Jan 09, 2011 3:06 am

Happy trails to Enes Kanter
January, 7, 2011 Jan 77:10PM ETEmail Print Comments By Diamond LeungEnes Kanter's journey from Turkey to our college basketball nation has been a strange one.

It appears that after being ruled permanently ineligible once again, he's going to end up going from celebrated recruit to talented practice player to popular student-assistant coach to NBA lottery pick without ever logging a single minute of college basketball.

Is the sport better for it because it upheld the NCAA rulebook? Or is it worse off because it denied a top talent who wanted to showcase his talents here? Those who argued either side ranged from the hypocritical to the sensible to the bombastic, including the suits in the NCAA, members of the grassroots "Free Enes" movement, the media, and Kentucky administrators.

The voice we heard least from was Kanter's. While he might have been able to express himself personally to the NCAA Reinstatement Committee, college basketball fans might always remember him more for the saga than his smooth post moves.

He showed a fondness toward American pro wrestling and roomed with vastly improved fellow big man Josh Harrellson, but the $33,033 he received above his expenses as a club player in Turkey cost him the chance to play here and express himself. That means we'll next be hearing from him in the NBA.

"The silver lining is that Enes will always be part of this team," coach John Calipari said in a statement. "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."

That in itself will be a spectacle, but here's hoping that the next time he's able to play, it will be his game that will answer all of our questions about him.Share9
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Post  Big Blue Nation on Mon Jan 10, 2011 3:04 pm

While the ruling is probably correct on its own, it stinks when you stand it up against other NCAA rulings such as the Cam Newton decision. The NCAA is totally hypocritical, it rules one way one day another way the next. I guess all that you have to do is follow the money that goes to the NCAA, that is what guides their decisions. No
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