December 3, 2010

UK says it has new information on Kanter’s eligibility

The University of Kentucky just issued a statement saying it had new information it wanted to submit in regard to the eligibility of Enes Kanter.

UK had been expected this week to appeal an earlier NCAA ruling that declared Kanter permanently ineligible because he played three seasons for a professional team in his native Turkey.

It was unclear whether that hearing took place. But according to NCAA rules, new information cannot be part of the appeals process.

UK apparently will ask or has asked to resubmit its request to have Kanter declared eligible.

Here's the UK statement:
“The University of Kentucky has requested an opportunity to submit additional information regarding the eligibility of men’s basketball student-athlete Enes Kanter. 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.

"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 would then have an opportunity to appeal the staff decision to the committee. 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.”

Jerry Tipton

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