With the NCAA office open today, there’s still no real news on the status of Kentucky center Enes Kanter, who’s awaiting word on his eligibility.
An appeal hearing "may happen later this week or first part of next week," NCAA spokesman Chuck Wynne wrote in an e-mail this morning. Officially, the appeal hearing is scheduled for "early January," Wynne wrote.
Kanter has not played this season after being ruled permanently ineligible because of $33,033 in benefits in excess of his expenses that he received while playing for a pro club in his native Turkey.
UK submitted new information to the NCAA early last month in the hope of changing the eligibility ruling. Kanter, a 6-foot-11 freshman, has been practicing with the Wildcats since.