LEXINGTON, Ky. — The University of Kentucky has requested an opportunity to submit new information to the NCAA regarding the eligibility of basketball player Enes Kanter
The NCAA ruled Kanter permanently ineligible to play for the Wildcats after determining that he accepted $33,033 in benefits exceeding his expenses in 2008-09 while playing for Fenerbahce, a pro club in his native Turkey. UK appealed that ruling.
NCAA rules prohibit UK from introducing new information during the appeal to the Student-Athlete Reinstatement Committee, but according to a joint UK/NCAA statement released today, “When a school receives new information that could impact a student-athlete’s eligibility, it is a standard NCAA process to provide the university with an opportunity to resubmit the case for consideration.”
According to the statement, “Because an NCAA appellate body, such as the Committee on Student-Athlete Reinstatement, cannot hear new information on appeal, this reconsideration must first be made by the NCAA reinstatement staff.”
The university then would be permitted to appeal the staff decision to the committee, according to the statement.
According to the statement, “This opportunity is available to ensure a fair and thorough consideration of eligibility matters for the student-athlete. The NCAA and University of Kentucky will not have any further comment regarding the specifics of this case until the process has concluded.”