According to Dick Vitale and Mike DeCourcy, Enes Kanter appeared before the NCAA student-athlete reinstatement committee this morning.
If that is the case, Kanter and Kentucky will know the outcome of his NCAA appeal soon, if not already. The information could be made public as early as tomorrow and almost certainly before the weekend.
DeCourcy begs the question: why isn’t Enes Kanter getting the same break Cam Newton did?
Newton, the superstar quarterback at Auburn University, was declared eligible by the NCAA today, even though it is known that his father asked for money during his recruitment.
Kanter’s father, on the other hand, did everything possible to avoid taking millions of dollars from a professional club in Turkey.
Here is an excerpt of DeCourcy’s thoughts:
“Cam Newton will be permitted to play the remainder of his college football career, whether it’s two more games or through the 2011 season. His family had every reason to fully understand NCAA rules, because Newton already had gone through the recruiting process once and played two seasons at the University of Florida. And yet Cecil Newton has acknowledged attempting to arrange for a payment from Mississippi State in exchange for getting his son to sign there last winter. Cam Newton is being excused on the grounds he did not know about that pursuit.”
One family purposefully does wrong, shredding the NCAA’s most obvious rule, and the son prospers and excels.
One family mistakenly stumbles outside the more ambiguous pages of the NCAA’s rulebook, and the son sits with the weight of permanent ineligibility draped across his shoulders.
If the NCAA wants its operation to be perceived as serious, and certainly it does given the billions at stake, there can be no option other than to order Kanter’s family to repay the amount in question and restoring his eligibility immediately, counting the six games missed as time served.
Dick Vitale spoke tonight about the Kanter situation and agreed that the NCAA cannot allow Newton to play and then have reasoning to deny Kanter.
In my opinion, the NCAA will further tarnish its image if it can justify allowing Newton to remain eligible while having the knowledge that his father was shopping him around to college coaches, but deny Kanter when his family tried diligently to preserve their son’s amateur status.
The NCAA needs to look at this one from a common sense point of view and take some advice from Eric Bledsoe: get SHIT right.