December 5, 2010

The Case for Enes Kanter

The case has been covered exhaustively since he committed to Kentucky. The case is still going and it seems there are always new twists being added. The most recent twist to the Enes Kanter case came from the NCAA's ruling on Auburn quarterback Cam Newton. The facts of the Newton case were that his father "shopped" him to schools but since Newton had no knowledge of it he is eligible to play. The same should hold true for Enes Kanter.

On December 1, 2010 Enes Kanter and the University of Kentucky presented their case to the NCAA appeals committee. The appeals process is known for making different rulings that the initial NCAA eligibility group. Just ask Josh Selby. Although there were no guarantees it was highly anticipated that a ruling on the appeal would be announced 48 hours after the case was heard. Friday in this case. Instead of a ruling, the news broke that the University of Kentucky had submitted new information to the NCAA. Certainly an unexpected twist.

The NCAA ruled on Cam Newton's case the same day that Enes Kanter's case was being heard by the appeal committee. By Friday, the University has submitted new information. Seems likely that the new information is that Kanter was unaware and any wrong doing's, just as Cam Newton was.

Mike Lupica of the NY Daily News agree's that if Newton is eligible, then Kanter should be as well.

Let me get this straight, even in the weird system, and culture, of selective justice the NCAA always has going:
Kentucky can't play its big kid from Turkey - Enes Kanter - because they say he was overpaid when he was 15 years old playing in Turkey, but Cam Newton's old man can put his kid on the NCAA Football Home Shopping Network?
The NCAA declared Kanter ineligible because it said he received expenses beyond what he should have gotten playing for a club team in Turkey?
So that's a threat to everything sacred in college sports but Cam's old man isn't?

Hat Tip to Alan Cutler.

Yesterday during the open chat on NOB during the UNC game, the topic of Kanter came up. Of course it did. There were many different opinions on the case that covered both possibilities. One fan suggested that Kanter and his family received money and therefore he is ineligible. Another stated that it was quite simple, Kanter played for a professional team and therefore he is ineligible.

Then there was the other side of the fence and this happens to be the side that I am on. Selby received impermissible benefits and is allowed to pay them back with a 9 game suspension. So if Kanter was aware, provide him with a similar ruling. Then there is Cam Newton who was unaware that his father shopped him around for money. So if Kanter wasn't aware, provide him with a similar ruling.

To me, it seems as if the case is covered either way. FREE ENES.

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