Posted by: mdegeorge | September 8, 2010

Exclusive! The Cali-man can: a little more rule-bending, bluegrass style

Stop the presses: a John Calipari team has engaged in less-than-scrupulous recruiting techniques.

For those of you who haven’t collapsed in shock after that lead, we can get into the nitty-gritty of Slick Johnny’s latest alleged indiscretion.

In this instance, a New York Times report alleges star Turkish recruit Enes Kanter, a 6-foot-11, 272-pound center regarded as one of the crown jewels of the Wildcats’ recruiting class, received some $100,000 in benefits while playing in Turkey with Fenerbache Ulker.

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Those benefits, extending from the time he was 14 years old, include housing of his family, food, spending money, and a total salary of around $6,500 a month.

Kanter could be deemed ineligible if the NCAA determines the benefits beyond what is considered necessary expenses.

Kentucky spokesman DeWayne Peevy (really his name!) said that the university is working closely with the Turkish club and with the NCAA to determine Kanter’s eligibility.Representatives on both sides have spoken out on the issue. Max Ergul, one of Kanter’s clearly delusional advisers whose residence in Calipari’s jacket pocket has not yet been confirmed, sees little difference in the benefits received as a professional in Turkey with the expenses of an American prep school. That claim is repudiated by ESPN’s Andy Katz, who points out the marked discrepancy in the amount of money changing hands in both instances and where the money is going.

Meanwhile, university representatives that spoke to Katz said they were satisfied with the proof of Kanter’s amateur status provided by the player and his father.

In a Sports Doctor exclusive, we have the actual transcript of that conversation:

Calipari (with assistant coaches): So, Enes, did you receive any salary or anything like that in Turkey?

Kanter: No, not really.

Calipari: Are you sure?

Kanter: Well, I mean they paid me. Is that what you mean?

Calipari: No, just don’t mention it. By the way, can are you available to take an SAT for Joey Dorsey in a couple weekends?

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