Earlier this week, the father of Kentucky freshman Enes Kanter told The Sporting News that his son would return to UK next season if the NCAA lessens its penalty of permanent ineligibility.
Spokesman Chuck Wynne sent an e-mail Thursday morning saying that the NCAA had no interest in such a deal.
“The NCAA and the University of Kentucky are still working towards resolution on this matter based upon the previously agreed facts,” Wynne’s e-mail read. “While the NCAA would always encourage more education for any prospective student-athlete, Mr. Kanter’s comments will not be a factor in the decision-making process.”
Earlier this year, the NCAA declared Kanter permanently ineligible because he received $33,033 in excess of permitted expense money in the third of the three seasons he played for a professional team in his native Turkey.
UK has been appealing that ruling.