Eammon Brennan of espn.com takes a look at the NCAA’s release this afternoon defending its rulings in the Cameron Newton and Ohio State cases, and sees something that may not bode well for Enes Kanter.
In the release, the NCAA says:
Put simply, had Cam Newton’s father or a third party actually received money or benefits for his recruitment, Cam Newton would have been declared ineligible regardless of his lack of knowledge.
Why does this matter for Kentucky and Enes Kanter? Because Kentucky’s current case for Kanter’s eligibility is based on the idea that Kanter is just like Newton: His parents may have been organizing and/or receiving benefits for their son’s talent, but the son didn’t know about it, and that makes it OK. That’s the “new information” Kentucky presented to the NCAA to land a second hearing and a second chance at getting its all-important Turkish big man eligible.
With the quoted portion above, the NCAA seems to have squashed that notion, albeit indirectly. Kentucky, the Kanters and the NCAA have all agreed to the basic fact that Kanter did receive about $30,000 for his time with a club team in Turkey. Whether he knew about that monetary exchange or not doesn’t seem to matter. All that matters, apparently, is whether money was exchanged at all.