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Cam Newton inspires Kentucky to try again with Kanter


Kentucky freshman Doron Lamb views Saturday’s trip to North Carolina as “the biggest game of my life.” Another round of Enes Kanter news amplifies it even more.

And for that, we can thank Cam Newton. Well, Cam Newton’s dad.

The school on Friday asked the NCAA to take a second look at the eligibility of the freshman center, who was ruled ineligible last month because he received impermissible benefits while playing for his Turkish club, Fenerbahce Ulker.

When the NCAA gave Auburn quarterback Cam Newton the OK, the school decided a different approach couldn’t hurt. Here’s the official joint release from the school and NCAA:

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.”

We could hear the result of the new ruling in a week, ESPN reported. Will it work? Hey, it’s the NCAA. Who knows?

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