January 12, 2011
Notes: After Kanter, Todd the seek international guideline from BCAA
"I am going to ask the NCAA to explain what international players can and cannot do," Todd said at halftime of UK's victory over Auburn Tuesday night. "... How do we not have to go through this crisis again? How do we not put another family through this?"
The NCAA ruled Kanter permanently ineligible because he received $33,033 in excess of permitted compensation in the third and final year he played for a professional team in his native Turkey. UK and the NCAA could not agree on how much excessive compensation Kanter received in the first two seasons with the Fenerbahce Ulker team, Todd said.
UK appealed the ruling of permanent ineligibility. Then after the NCAA allowed Auburn quarterback Cam Newton to continue playing even though his father admitted trying to sell his son's services to another school, UK sought similar leniency for Kanter.
Todd said he spoke with NCAA President Mark Emmert about the Newton decision before UK claimed to have "new information" and asked for the process to be restarted.
Todd, who was aware of Emmert's comments, smiled and said, "I will discuss that with them in more detail."
The UK president said he could accept losing a star recruit such as Kanter to rivals Louisville or Tennessee.
But "I hate to see a kid not able to play college basketball at all," he said.
UK freshman Brandon Knight made the first cut for the Cousy Award, which goes to the nation's top point guard.
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