CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- Kentucky officials have asked the NCAA for an opportunity to submit additional information regarding the eligibility of freshman Enes Kanter, the school and NCAA announced Friday via a joint statement. A source told CBSSports.com that the decision is a reaction to this week's ruling on Heisman Trophy favorite Cam Newton, who was cleared to play without conditions in Saturday's SEC Championship Game because the NCAA could not prove he ever knew his father shopped him to Mississippi State before he ultimately enrolled at Auburn.
Kanter was ruled permanently ineligible on Nov. 11 when the NCAA announced he received "benefits above actual and necessary expenses while playing for a club basketball team in Turkey," and UK agreed with the NCAA that the amount received was $33,033. But the ruling on Newton prompted the school to argue that Kanter wasn't aware of how much money the Turkish club was paying him because his parents handled all finances, point being that his case is similar to Newton's case in that the NCAA violations that occurred happened at the parental level.
Kanter, like Newton, simply wasn't aware of his parent's dealings.
That's essentially what Kentucky will argue.
The case could start moving as soon as next week.
Kentucky plays here at North Carolina on Saturday afternoon at 12:30 on CBS.