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Enes Kanter appeal denied by the NCAA

Posted on: January 7, 2011 5:26 pm
Edited on: January 7, 2011 5:34 pm

Posted by MATT JONES

The NCAA Appeals Board has upheld the organization’s decision to rule Turkish big man Enes Kanter permanently ineligible to play college basketball.  Kanter is attending Kentucky and his quest to be deemed eligible by the NCAA had become a cause célèbre among the team’s fans over the past four months.  However, all of the attempts to “Free Enes” did not move the NCAA, which upheld its original ruling on Friday that Kanter would be unable to play for Kentucky.

The NCAA originally deemed Kanter ineligible due to $33,000 in benefits he received from a Turkish club team that it deemed to be above his “actual and necessary expenses.”  This ruling was upheld, as the NCAA because according to NCAA Vice President of Academic Affairs Kevin Lennon, Kanter "received a significant amount of money, above his actual expenses from a professional team prior to coming to college." This is the second time the Appeals Board has upheld an NCAA ruling deeming Kanter ineligible and it represents according to the NCAA, Kanter’s “final appeal opportunity.”

After the ruling, Kentucky Coach John Calipari said, “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."  As a result of the ruling, Kanter will not be allowed to practice or travel with the team, although the University does expect to keep him with the program as an undergraduate student assistant. 

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Since: Aug 5, 2008
Posted on: January 10, 2011 6:34 pm

Enes Kanter appeal denied by the NCAA

Meanwhile the best QB money can buy prepares to play in the BCS championship tonite...the NCAA is a JOKE

Since: Jan 10, 2011
Posted on: January 10, 2011 11:02 am

Enes Kanter appeal denied by the NCAA

I'm a UK fan, but I have an issue with everyone calling Cam Newton's father a pimp.  The only pimp in all this, including the Enes Kanter & the Ohio State situation, is the NCAA!  It's ok for the NCAA to make money off of these kid, but I'll be damned if the kids themselves or the parents who gave birth and raised the kid make money!  As for the kids at Ohio State, who are treated like criminals for selling their signatures and trophies ... the NCAA & the University can sells jersey's with the names of these kids on the back all day long and that's considered "good old capitalism"!  Give me a break!  The NCAA is the real pimp in all this!  They claim it's to make student atheletes the same as other students.  Well that's a lie, because every other student on campus is allowed to make money off of their talents.  I was an Engineering student at UK, on scholarship, but I was allowed to co-op with a fortune 500 company.  Likewise, a computer geek, while enrolled in school & on-scholarship, could create a business worth billions!  So why is it that a student athelete can't make money?  It's because the PIMP (NCAA) has to get paid first!  I feel badly for Enes, and I really wanted him to play.  But as an African American, I felt Enes needed to get in-line ... he comes from a family which didn't even NEED the money.  There's so many poor black kids who's families really NEED the money and for years the NCAA has used these ridiculous rules to PIMP them.  These rules have been wrong for thousands of poor American kids (black and white), and now they're wrong for this middle-classed Turkish kid.

Since: Feb 24, 2010
Posted on: January 7, 2011 9:18 pm

Enes Kanter appeal denied by the NCAA

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Since: Sep 5, 2010
Posted on: January 7, 2011 9:15 pm

Enes Kanter appeal denied by the NCAA

This is just asinine.  Cam Newton solicited $200K and he's eligible.  Kyle Parker signed a $1.4M baseball contract but he is still eligible.  Yet this kid gets no love?!?!?  I think the Kentucky program is horribly jaded with semi-professional players but this decision doesn't even make any sense.  The NCAA has once again topped itself in hypocrisy and stupidity.

Since: Jan 7, 2011
Posted on: January 7, 2011 9:04 pm

Enes Kanter appeal denied by the NCAA

the ncaa made the only decision they could......if they had allowed this kid to play they would have opened the door to any professional player that wanted a free college education....we would have had 25 year old pros playing against 18 and 19 year old ametuers....colleges would have focused their recruiting on over seas players because a very bad precident would have been put in place...calipari knew what he was doing was illegal however the more he got away with the more he tried to pull off.....of course kentucky believes they are above all else and should be able to cheat at will.....but the ncaa let them know the buck stops got away with one last year with eric bledsoe so they should consider themselves lucky.........GO BUCKEYS 

Since: Dec 31, 2010
Posted on: January 7, 2011 8:55 pm

Enes Kanter appeal denied by the NCAA

You're an doesn't matter if you're "a long time friend" (oh sure) one becomes "an agent" if you give gifts of any nature to the player. You fool only yourself in your misguided ramblings!!

Since: Jan 7, 2011
Posted on: January 7, 2011 8:49 pm

Enes Kanter appeal denied by the NCAA

... and "your coach"... the one who Dick Vitale shared the info (on a broadcast UK basketball game last season) that Pitino had told him that leaving UK was the biggest mistake he'd ever made??   Sounds to me that U of L was his 2nd choice and that he'd rather have stayed with the Ky Big Blue Nation if he had it to do over again!

Since: Dec 3, 2006
Posted on: January 7, 2011 8:44 pm

Enes Kanter appeal denied by the NCAA


  YEAH-- UK did it ... BUT with 4 UofL starters benched with Injuries...  Try again with Uof L Healthy... Get your Butts handed to you -- No more--"hey--get it in to the "big" guy"... The guy who would've been TOAST IF Ul Players were healthy enuf to Play..  Hope to see ya in March... Get a Clue Blue... Happy New Year !!!

Since: Jan 21, 2010
Posted on: January 7, 2011 8:43 pm

Enes Kanter appeal denied by the NCAA

I'd rather be a fan of Kansas than Kentucky any day. We have never had to forfeit any basketball victories, nor have we been given the Death Penalty. All of our 2000+ victories are still intact. And every coach we've ever had was a class act.

Kentucky, on the other hand, has a history of corruption. Point-shaving in the 1940s and 1950s. A "Death Penalty" in 1952-53. Another near brush with the Death Penalty in 1988. Victories forfeited. And a long line of corrupt coaches: The point-shaving and Death Penalty happened under Rupp's watch. Rupp was also racist. Players were being paid under Joe B. Hall and Eddie Sutton - do the names Chris Mills and Eric Manuel ring a bell. Rick Pitino is corrupt - he didn't show it while at UK, but he did while at UL, *cough, cough* Karen Sypher *cough, cough*. Tubby Smith is probably the only decent human being to run the UK program. Billy Gillispie was a drunken womanizer, and John Calipari is one NCAA violation away from bringing UK the Death Penalty and himself a show-cause order.

And oh by the way, it's been 12 or 13 years since you've been to the Final Four. By contrast, we've been to three Final Fours, played for a national title twice, and won one title during that stretch. Kansas is much more relevant than Kentucky right now. And we haven't slumped into NIT land in recent history like you did in 2009.

One last thing: When was the last time Kentucky's football team played in a BCS bowl? Kansas is only three years removed from playing in - and winning - the Orange Bowl.

Point is, it is much better to be a Kansas fan than a Kentucky fan any day.

Rock Chalk Jayhawk!

Since: Jan 24, 2009
Posted on: January 7, 2011 8:42 pm

Enes Kanter appeal denied by the NCAA

Just so we get this straight, in the NCAA minds, it's ok to lie to them, have your father pimp you out for $180,000, but not ok to live halfway across the world and tell them exactly what happened when you were 14 years old.  Where does this make any sense?  Bruce Pearl can flat out lie, Cam can be pimped, Duke players can get agents, but Enes can't play - ever for a university.  I feel sorry for his family, and I'm sorry that our country doesn't appreciate honesty.  What a farce the committe has become.  His family should sue the NCAA through the U.S. court system.

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