At this point, when it comes to the Enes Kanter situation, we are all just reading tea leaves. No one knows what is going to happen and we all are looking to some external source for potential insight. With that in mind, it is worth reviewing this statement by the NCAA President that dealt specifically with the Cam Newton case. It is rare for the NCAA to explain its decisions with a second statement, and the unique nature of the Cam Newton situation likely led to the action. Amongst a great deal of boring Newton-related stuff is this line:
In the Cam Newton reinstatement case, there was not sufficient evidence available to establish he had any knowledge of his father’s actions and there was no indication he actually received any impermissible benefit. If a student-athlete does not receive tangible benefits, that is a different situation from a student-athlete or family member who receives cash, housing or other benefits or knowingly competes and is compensated as a professional athlete
One has to wonder if the line about “compensated as a professional athlete” might not at least be subtle foreshadowing of what is to come on the Kanter decision…either Friday, or whenever it is finally given. It of course might mean nothing (and likely does), but with little else to do but wait, it is worth considering. I still think Enes being reinstated is not likely, but possible. My hope is that it happens, and if it does, UK is immediately a Final Four contender. If not, then we celebrate the team we have. But either way tomorrow (assuming it indeed comes down tomorrow) will be a “hit refresh” kind of day here around KSR.