((HT: WLEX-TV Lexington))
The NCAA Student-Athlete Reinstatement Committee upheld an earlier NCAA decision that rendered "freshman" Enes Kanter permanently ineligible for receiving more than $33,000 in impermissible benefits while playing for the Turkish club team Fenerbahce two years ago.
What is it about Fenerbahce these days...??? Iverson, Taurasi, and Kanter...???
The ruling means Kanter will not be able to play, practice or travel with the team but will be able to receive financial aid should he choose to remain at the school.
"We are obviously disappointed in this decision and find it unfortunate that a group of adults would come to such a decision regarding the future of an 18-year-old young man," coach John Calipari said.
Alan Cutler is in the newsroom...
President Lee T. Todd, Junior was less than pleased in a statement...
"I'm very disappointed in what appears to me to be an inconsistent decision that leaves an outstanding young man without any recourse. It's very disappointing that this young man, who along with his family intended to do everything the right way and in compliance with the rules, won't be able to pursue his dream of playing at UK and in intercollegiate athletics. As an NCAA board member, I continue to be puzzled and confused by the reasoning behind this decision, which seems to be an inconsistent and arbitrary application of the rules. It is unfortunate and disappointing that Enes and his family have been negatively impacted by this process. It is certainly a matter I will continue to try to understand and question in my remaining time on the board as part of an organization, whose stated purpose is to put families and student athletes first." - Lee T. Todd, Jr