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Seth Davis questions Mark Emmert on Kanter

While his beloved Blue Devils were stretching themselves before a futile attempt at victory in Tallahassee, CBS’ Seth Davis chatted with NCAA President Mark Emmert about the perceived notion that the NCAA is ruling on eligibility inconsistently.  Davis specifically asked Emmert about the Enes Kanter issue and said that “people in Lexington” (that’s you, Matt!!!!  Or maybe Cal.) want to know why he made public comments about it being such a clear-cut case after his former school, Washington, pursued the Turkish big man. 

Ladies and gentlemen, Seth Davis and Mark Emmert:

Article written by Thomas Beisner

138 Comments for Seth Davis questions Mark Emmert on Kanter

  1. deer boss
    11:03 am January 13, 2011 Permalink

    i didn’t play it, but i’m sure it’s bs.

  2. sfsdfs
    11:04 am January 13, 2011 Permalink

    Too much douche in this video for me to watch it.

  3. Bourbonballs
    11:09 am January 13, 2011 Permalink


  4. Go Deep
    11:10 am January 13, 2011 Permalink

    Still doesn’t answer questions directly. And most importantly the question that wasn’t asked, How is Josh Selby eligible and can just pay back the money?

  5. IndyAlum
    11:11 am January 13, 2011 Permalink

    I drive past the NCAA on the way to work every morning and laugh at the punchline.

  6. 44 STICHES
    11:11 am January 13, 2011 Permalink

    #2 yeah I’m afraid to watch in fear of vomiting all over my computer.

  7. Kyle Macy
    11:12 am January 13, 2011 Permalink

    Mark Emmert is so full of crap! The NCAA is totally inconsistent and clearly has a hard on for UK. By the way, what kind of snow job is it to think that all of the suspended players from Ohio St. will come back. I mean, seriously, come back and risk injury, while sitting the first half of your season which most certainly has to hurt your draft stock, just is not realistic to happen.

  8. haha
    11:12 am January 13, 2011 Permalink

    yeah, I don’t think he answered a single question he was asked

  9. rhettzi
    11:16 am January 13, 2011 Permalink

    Mark Emmert is a joke- what a tool bag.

  10. Paul Crewe's Bookie
    11:19 am January 13, 2011 Permalink

    Even if Kanter were ruled eligible, Emmert has proven himself inconsistent in the NCAA’s rulings. The Ohio State and Newton situations were so poorly handled that the NCAA is becoming nothing short of a farce. Makes you wonder if he’s really the right man for the job.

  11. philly cat
    11:19 am January 13, 2011 Permalink

    a complete f’ing joke. didn’t answer any of Seth’s direct questions.

  12. JEREMY
    11:21 am January 13, 2011 Permalink

    WOW!! I hav never heard so much bull shit in one coversation in my life! Somebody needs to call for his head! If i was part of the NCAA I would be embarrassed that this idiot is representing my group! He should be held accountable and fired!
    If this happnd to duke, he would be roasted by every media outlet known to man! Complete joke

  13. HuuuugeEnis
    11:21 am January 13, 2011 Permalink

    Must say that I agree that the most important question of all was not asked: Why wasn’t he allowed to pay back the money and serve some kind of suspension? You can bet your blue a$$es that if he has @ UW, he would be playing. Useless PR drivel by the NCAA trying to save face, FAIL.

  14. philly cat
    11:22 am January 13, 2011 Permalink

    re: Kanter and paying back money

    Said he broke the rules by accepting money and has to accept the consequences. Still completely inconsistent with the OSU and Selby cases, and they’re clearly drawing the line at foreign players. The rule is: accept money/benefits = ineligible. Period.

  15. Hoosha84
    11:22 am January 13, 2011 Permalink

    13, I like that question.

  16. fla_ashley
    11:22 am January 13, 2011 Permalink

    forget about cheater newton. i understand the existing rule don’t apply to him and will be changed soon. but Josh Selby is what I don’t understand. HE took more than 5000. I thought 5 k was the cutoff. Unless you’re Chris MIlls. Does the NCAA have a inflation protected cheating clause? It used to be anything a player did would get him suspended. Anyone remember steve alford posing in a calendar for charity and getting suspended. Or more recently AJ Green selling his own personal property(a jersey GIVEN to him). THere’s a serious inconsistency all over the place. Not just with UK, but ALL OVER the NCAA.

  17. tom5673
    11:24 am January 13, 2011 Permalink

    f*ck the ncaa.
    on a different note…does anyone else place as much significance on the final a.p. #1 ranking as i do? kentucky is tied with ucla with 8 #1 finishes (before tournament play). 1949,51,52,54,66,70,78,03. the ap poll began in 1949, so we lost out on 1948. anyway, duke sits in second place with 7 #1 finishes. last night’s duke loss helped us keep atop the list. they may finish #1, but it opens the door for someone else.
    fyi…kentucky has 8 #2 final ap rankings, including most notably 1996, 2004 and 2010.

  18. pizzinmeoff
    11:26 am January 13, 2011 Permalink

    What a crock of shit Smith is.

  19. Wayne
    11:27 am January 13, 2011 Permalink

    was this linked and it didnt work? Mark Emmert is a boldfaced liar as proven by the Seattle Post

  20. HackRichards
    11:27 am January 13, 2011 Permalink

    Translation – “If Kanter had stayed in Washington the Big Muslim would be playing now.”

  21. Paul Crewe's Bookie
    11:27 am January 13, 2011 Permalink

    Also, even though it’s hard for me to type these words, you have to give Seth Davis some credit. He asked the tough questions and didn’t give him any softballs. I like how he went for the throat with the Kanter-UW link. Kinda made me smile. And that’s saying a lot coming from Seth Davis.

    Now if you’ll excuse me, I think I need to go wash my hands after typing that.

  22. tdogg4033011
    11:27 am January 13, 2011 Permalink

    Emmert knows Kanter & UK got a different ruling than any other team in America would
    have. I just wanna jump through that screen and choke slam that b*tch !!!

  23. owesco
    11:29 am January 13, 2011 Permalink

    How about we all blast (nicely I might add) the office of the president of the NCAA…is email is: [email protected]

  24. Kittylitter
    11:30 am January 13, 2011 Permalink

    Good stuff, fla_ashley! I had completely forgotten about the Steve Alford thing. Just one more example of how the NCAA doles out penalties (or doesn’t) to schools they like and how they hammer down on schools they don’t particularly care for. Remember, folks, in these elitist NCAA officials eyes, we’re just a bunch of unsophisticated, racist hillbillies who aren’t smart enough to understand the intricacies of the administrative processes in the NCAA heirarchy like those wonderful Duke fans.

  25. tdogg4033011
    11:30 am January 13, 2011 Permalink

    23) good idea, I dont think I’d have a nice word to say to that man though. So, bad idea … lol

  26. chworl22
    11:34 am January 13, 2011 Permalink

    I think it is pretty funny how this jack a$$ tiptoed around the “if it was so obvious that he wouldn’t be eligible then why did your former school of UW accept the commitment?” His answer was better than any ballet I have ever seen.

  27. DavenderCatTheSequel
    11:35 am January 13, 2011 Permalink

    I hope this guy is still manning his post when the Ed O’Bannon lawsuit gets started. It will be great to watch the NCAA house of cards tumble to the ground while this hypocrite is sitting on top of it.

  28. Morons are stoopid
    11:35 am January 13, 2011 Permalink

    What a freaking Crock. Spin and side-step 1..2..Spin and sidestep 1..2..

  29. mj
    11:36 am January 13, 2011 Permalink

    Anyone have a transcript? Can’t listen at work.

  30. RUPPSrhetoric
    11:37 am January 13, 2011 Permalink

    21) Seth Davis has actually grown on me over the past year or so. I used to really dislike him, but he’s actually pretty decent. Sure he’s a Dukie, and a little smug at times, but the few times he’s been on Matt’s shows he’s been good. Not Doyel good, but good…

  31. JaredCarterIsMyHomeboy
    11:38 am January 13, 2011 Permalink

    But Kanter had no contract. Therefor, argument is INVALID.

  32. catfanblue
    11:38 am January 13, 2011 Permalink

    Emmert is full of it, he still doesn’t answer the question just goes over the same old mantra about knowing there was a problem. NCAA stuck it to UK and there is no other way around it. Same issue as Newton. Kanter’s father made all the arrangemnets and even offered to pay the money back…a bogus ruling to say the least. I hope Lee Todd fries him at Dallas at the convention this week. He is a very poor representative for the NCAA.

  33. Mitchispaidtoomuch
    11:38 am January 13, 2011 Permalink

    Let’s get the facts straight…Josh Shelby isn’t paying back the money that he took, Kansas is paying it back out of his scholarship! What a joke!So Shelby is eligible and gets to pocket the almost $6000 he took and Kansas gets to buy back his eligibility! Unbelievable!

  34. Waterview1
    11:38 am January 13, 2011 Permalink

    Emmert is weak and will not survive as President of the NCAA for very long.

  35. Alamo_Cat
    11:39 am January 13, 2011 Permalink

    Someone needs to come up with a good powerpoint attachment that shows a slide for each of the inconsistent rulings and culminates in the question “why didn’t Enes get equal treatment?” Make it a big file and post a link to it here so we can all use the same presentation. It will also make the guy’s inbox fill really, really, quickly.

  36. The NCAA Sucks
    11:39 am January 13, 2011 Permalink

    It’s CLEARLY obvious that the NCAA makes up rules as they go. Selby, Sidney, OJ Mayo, Dee Bost, Terelle Pryor, Cam Newton, Enes Kanter etc. Bottom line is, the NCAA and everyone else envies UK and I love it!!! We’re #1 and we play by the rules. All I can say is how do you like Duke getting whipped last night?? I’m sure the NCAA is in tears today over that one.

    GO BLUE!!!!!!!!!

    PS: I think the BBN should seriously stand up for ENES that he gets to play next year. I say we FLOOD and I mean ABSOLUTELY FLOOD the NCAA emails and phones with our complaints. If someone can dig up the numbers and the emails, we’ll bombard them non-stop EVERY single day if we have to.

  37. Madville
    11:45 am January 13, 2011 Permalink

    I have a question. How come the NCAA allows baseball players to play PRO baseball during the summer and get paid. Then when school starts back they regain amatuer status, are eligible to play, and get to keep the money.

  38. Willis talkin bout..
    11:45 am January 13, 2011 Permalink

    I say play the kid anyway.. when they try to make us vacate the title.. just say No, we will keep it. You have no real authority anyway..

  39. UKFan in GA
    11:47 am January 13, 2011 Permalink

    Rulings by the NCAA: (1) Cam Newton “didn’t know” about the shopping around (yeah right), so its ok. (2) OhSt players “didn’t know” they weren’t supposed to sell their stuff (yeah right), so its ok. So, how can a foreign player be expected to know the rules completely (which he didn’t obviously)? Its ok that these other players “didn’t know”, but not ok for this one. Such a crock of sh*t. Secondly, if his eligibility was such a “known” issue, why did ANYONE go after him? The fact that Emmert tapped danced around that direct question is proof that it wasn’t an issue until it became a Big Blue Nation issue. I hate saying that there is a conspiracy against UK; I like to think that its just my passion about the school. However, it becomes more and more apparent as things like this occur.

  40. tdogg4033011
    11:47 am January 13, 2011 Permalink

    29) Seth D : Mark, can you please explain the Kanter situation at UK??

    Emmert : I wouldn’t let him play because I didnt want UK to win championship
    number 8 this year. I know I’m cheating this kid & UK, but what do
    expect? I’m a bold face lying douche bag that is scared to FREE ENES !!!!!

  41. willdcat1
    11:47 am January 13, 2011 Permalink

    If Enes had stayed at UW – you can believe he’d be playing right now. Even though there would have been questions about his eligibility, the ncaa’s ruling would have been : 1) pay back the 30k, 2) sit out only 5-6 games. Likely the same if he had gone to dUKe, or one of the other ncaa’s darling programs. But since he switched to UK, no dice. If the ncaa profits from a player’s eligibility, like w/ Cam & the Oh St players, then loopholes are found. The politics of the whole eligibility thing is sickening…

  42. JVice
    11:47 am January 13, 2011 Permalink

    36- Enes will have no problem playing next year… in the NBA.

    11:49 am January 13, 2011 Permalink

    Seth should have asked him why he did not excuse himself from the decision. Everyone perceives his bias against Enes.

  44. Willis talkin bout..
    11:49 am January 13, 2011 Permalink

    and Lee Todd need to get the rule changed.. these kids should be able to re-apply each year..

  45. Go Big Blue
    11:52 am January 13, 2011 Permalink

    I am sure these questions had to be approved prior to the interview. The tough questions were not addressed. My biggest concern is if the Ohio St. kids caught a break due to ignorance of the law why would an international student not also get a break. It has to be impossible for a family in Turkey to understand all the NCAA rules.

  46. Jenny
    11:52 am January 13, 2011 Permalink

    Although I can’t say I’m a huge fan of things, the point is that as the rules are written (and YES, they are different for foreign and American players), the Kanter ruling is not a surprise. There really is no wiggle room. The deeper issue is not the rulings that are being made, but the rules that support them. Because the decisions are so much more public now, what’s becoming increasingly clear is how inconsistent the RULES are, and in turn the rulings and decisions that result.

    Nothing will improve without a mass overhaul of NCAA Bylaws and regulations. In Emmert’s defense, the rules as they are written support the recent decisions that have been made. In his mind, they are not being inconsistent because they are going by the book. And it is not his place, in random media appearances, to call for the complete overhaul of the system, whether he believes it necessary or not.

  47. dudeupnorth
    11:53 am January 13, 2011 Permalink

    Truly unbelievable! Anyone else notice how when he was talking about Enes being eligible while at Kentucky he said…everyone knew he broke the rules and shouldnt be shocked by this outcome…then when asked why Washington recruited him, he says…well there were certainly questions about his eligibility. But the whole case has been black and white from the get? Yeah right you pompous ass

  48. Jenny
    11:53 am January 13, 2011 Permalink

    43) Emmert had no say in the Kanter ruling.

  49. brad
    11:54 am January 13, 2011 Permalink

    Emmert=douchebag moron…makes Bud Selig look like a smart leader for a sports organization. My problem has never been that Kanter is ineligible; it is that Selby is, and Newton is, and OSU players played the bowl game, etc. If one is ineligible, then all are ineligible. Emmert dodged every question and did so with a $hit-eating grin on his face. I hate that guy…not sports hate either, I REALLY hate him.

  50. uk1983
    11:56 am January 13, 2011 Permalink

    At the risk of starting a nerd fight, this is why we have three branches of our government – legislative, judicial and executive. There have to be checks and balances. The system which we run our country on has worked for 2 centuries and would work here. The NCAA apparently has none. When you allow the legislative branch unfettered power and no oversight then you can expect bad results – especially when the decision makers don’t understand stare decisis.

  51. Irwin R. Fletcher
    11:56 am January 13, 2011 Permalink

    Seth Davis blew that interview! The follow up on the Kanter question is to juxstapose his situation (foreign & completely unaware on NCAA rules) to the OSU football situation (inadequate education). He also failed to call out Emmert/NCAA on the 2004 “bowl game” rule for being simply about lining their corporate sponsors (and television parnters) pockets…

  52. Willis talkin bout..
    11:56 am January 13, 2011 Permalink

    The only other question I have about all of this.. is why did we never see Enes on television? He could have said he didn’t know what is did had agreed to, after all he was only 15 or 16! And if he himself had been on national TV asking to play and pointing out that Selby, Pryor, Newton, and all the other violators were playing.. it might have made a difference. Easy to turn down UK, been harder to turn down a kid on national tv.. just sayin

  53. Emmert
    11:57 am January 13, 2011 Permalink

    I TWAT, therefore I am.

  54. brad
    11:57 am January 13, 2011 Permalink

    Jenny=Jenny Emmert? Or maybe his secretary?? Just a thought…

  55. Tougher interviewer
    12:04 pm January 13, 2011 Permalink

    I think Seth did a decent job, but we needed someone that would go deeper into this and I’m sure Mr. Emmert would never agree to do that of course.

  56. KYWineman
    12:12 pm January 13, 2011 Permalink

    33) You said it all.

  57. Iceman
    12:13 pm January 13, 2011 Permalink

    48) really??? you think the president of an organization has no say in a ruling? sure there were board members and committees that he isn’t technically on, but you seriously don’t think that he had any say in the matter?? Then answer this, why is he the one defending it?

  58. BlowMeEmmertt
    12:16 pm January 13, 2011 Permalink

    Josh Selby commited violations that are clearly stated in the rules. Yet, he is still playing. Cam Newton (or his family, just like reggie bush) committed violations clearly stated in the rules. Yet, he just won a championship. Ohio state players “didnt know they broke any rules” so the get to play and win a bcs game. Enes Kanter was 14-16 years old and his family coming from overseas could not have possibly felt that they broke any rules… So I say, once the tournament starts Enes should be cleared to play and suspended for the first five games next year. Haha the Ncaa is joke. They are ruining all thats good in sports.

  59. ukbill
    12:16 pm January 13, 2011 Permalink

    You’d think a former college president would have a better vocabulary. Washington’s degrees just lost some credibility.

    Websters definition of INCONSISTENT: lacking consistency: as,
    a: not compatible with another fact or claim
    b: containing incompatible elements
    c: incoherent or illogical in thought or actions : changeable
    d: not satisfiable by the same set of values for the unknowns

  60. oldmaninblue
    12:16 pm January 13, 2011 Permalink

    does anyone have a link to these “old” rules that were supposedly broken?

  61. Big V
    12:23 pm January 13, 2011 Permalink

    The question I want answered was not addressed. He is absolutley right, that by rule Enes should not be eligible. The problem is, by rule Terrell Pryor, Josh Selby, John Wall, and countless others should not be eligible. On all other rules they do not enforce so strictly, but Enes Kanters case went to the maximum amount possible.

  62. Mack
    12:25 pm January 13, 2011 Permalink

    Not everyone was sad to see Emmert leave UW. The following is one of the comments to a article and a link to the article concerning Emmert’s refusing to cut his or his buddies salary as a cost cutting measure but ended up laying off about 1000 UW employees right before he decided to go to the NCAA and continue being a standup guy, several articles on the internet on the subject; reading the articles one could see he is pretty thin skinned when answering or not answering question about his salary and the layoffs among other subjects. HE comes across as just an arrogant jerk. The people at the NCAA better watch their backs. Just follow the money with this guy, do you think the NYT’s will check his past and current activities the way they do teenagers?

    “Emmert sure did NOT step up to the plate. Months later and a thousand or so layoff’s later and Mr. President Emmert did NOT take a pay cut. He skirts the question and gets visibly ruffled whenever anyone asks him about it. He’s in it for the money and nobody else can convince me otherwise. I see it firsthand every day.”

  63. KYBLUE
    12:28 pm January 13, 2011 Permalink

    I think the follow up question to Emmert is if none of the Ohio State Players come back does Ohio State have to forfeit the game and return all the money they recieved for making a bowl appearance? And they can miss regular season games but bowl or championship games are viewed differently?

  64. KYBLUE
    12:30 pm January 13, 2011 Permalink

    48 he may have had no say put he is the PRESIDENT of the NCAA.

  65. Cats100222000
    12:30 pm January 13, 2011 Permalink

    Ok, so the NCAA follows these BOGUS rules they implemented and everything is gravy in their eyes no matter how ridiculous they are. Just because you follow absurd rules doesnt make it them right.

  66. Cats100222000
    12:37 pm January 13, 2011 Permalink

    Another point I don’t understand is this: Ohio State and the NCAA both concluded that the players did not receive proper education for receving benefits. These players are all juniors. So you’re telling me in the three years they were at Ohio State they were not educated on receiving benefits? Why isn’t the University being punished for failure to educate?

  67. ukcatsfan2
    12:37 pm January 13, 2011 Permalink

    More LIes!

    Where is Bruce Pearl when you need him…..

  68. Blue-White
    12:37 pm January 13, 2011 Permalink

    pisses me off beyond belief to listen to him sit there and not directly answer questions that he is asked. Pathetic interview to not press him more on the questions he was asked. Waste of time interview, no clairification, explination, or understanding came from it. Sounded like a politician…just talking but not saying anything. This is exactly why this shit continues to happen because nobody will press these people for a straightforward explination of decisions they have made. I would rather disagree with every word you say than sit here and listen to you rattle on and on about nothing.

  69. aaronpatrick
    12:38 pm January 13, 2011 Permalink

    Frankly, Mr. President, I think your full of poop! If Washington can’t have him, no one is getting him, in your thinking anyway! And yes, I said poop!

  70. bluegrass79
    12:42 pm January 13, 2011 Permalink

    Good job Seth. I cant really say anything bad about the guy now. He went after him.

  71. CRD
    12:42 pm January 13, 2011 Permalink

    Back in November, it was reported that Selby could repay the $4600 in impermissible benefits to a charity of his choice by using a portion of money from his monthly scholarship check. This sounds eggregious to me but I have never seen a journalist question it. First of all, I didn’t know that athletic scholarships come with a monthly check for spending money. I thought the scholly covered tuition, room, board, & food expenses. Secondly, I definitely don’t think it’s appropriate to use a scholarship as a line of credit to pay back the costs of illegal gifts! Could someone explain to me why more has not been made of this issue? Am I missing something here?!

  72. DavenderCatTheSequel
    12:44 pm January 13, 2011 Permalink

    That “they didn’t know the rule” act is crap. AJ Green broke the exact same rule earlier this season & it was talked about ad nauseum for weeks. A second grader can tell better lies. These gross inconsistencies aren’t that hard to point out.

  73. Matt
    12:44 pm January 13, 2011 Permalink

    Mr. Emmert, with no respect whatsoever, suck my ____.

  74. Disgusted with the NCAA
    12:56 pm January 13, 2011 Permalink

    Watch his jaw. He grinds it constantly throughout this interview. This guy quivered during this dressing down by Seth Davis. I don’t like Seth. He worships Duke. But I will give him credit for asking some pretty bold questions.

    Kanter should have been cleared. This was one of the poorer among many poor decisions made by the Hypocrisy known as the NCAA.

    The only truth in this interview is that Mark Emmert is the face of hypocrisy.

  75. SeoulCat
    1:00 pm January 13, 2011 Permalink

    Emmert owes us all an explanation….

    ….an explanation for why he chose that gawdawful tie.

    That thing is horrendous.

  76. Megan
    1:02 pm January 13, 2011 Permalink

    61) You’ve put your finger on it, Big V. The NCAA is always reinstating the eligibility of kids who have violated amateurism rules. It’s not a question of rules, it’s a question of consistent reinstatement.

    By rule, Mississippi State’s Dee Bost, who kept his name in the NBA draft, was a professional. By rule, Hofstra’s Brad Kelleher, who signed a professional basketball contract, was a professional. But both are now playing Division I ball. Why? Mitigating circumstances. If you’re willing to look, it’s easy to see that those guys weren’t really professional basketball players, even if the rules said they were. They weren’t really Kobe Bryant.

    Indeed, in all the recent high-profile cases, the NCAA has reinstated amateur eligibility based on mitigating circumstances. That’s the “flexibility” Mitch Barnhart was talking about, the willingness to mitigate punishments to fit the circumstances of the case. But the NCAA showed no flexibility with Enes Kanter. They turned a blind eye to the multitude of mitigating circumstances in his case. And that’s called disparate treatment.

  77. BlueFins
    1:04 pm January 13, 2011 Permalink

    Nice avoid, jackass! If there was so much talk about eligibilty issues surrounding Enes, why did Washington recruit this player? The “fact” that you did not know who your coach was recuiting seems to indicate some sort of lack of “institutional control”, which I believe is one of the NCAA policies.
    Oh, and who’s ass did the NCAA kiss to come up with a rule in 2004 about players who are deemed ineligible could go ahead and play in a bowl game since it is somewho different than your normal run of the mill game? That win/loss counts in your record doesn’t it?
    You know that pointy nose bastard’s blood pressure sky rocketed during that interview.
    If it’s all about the academics, then why have a NCAthleticsA?

  78. Lando CALrisian
    1:11 pm January 13, 2011 Permalink


  79. HuuuugeEnis
    1:18 pm January 13, 2011 Permalink

    Another important point is that they just changed these “rules” to allow paid foreign players to some over and play some college ball, well after Enes played for Fenerbache. But, when given the chance to set a precedent in said cases, go “nah”, you shoulda took the cash and stayed in Turkey. It’s like the NCAA is sayin “thanks for leavin 1.2 mil on the table dumbass.” This crap stinks to high hell. Enes is definitely a victim of bad circumstances, as they assumed they could get him eligible by, at least being able to pay the excessive money back. Anyone else agree?

  80. JohnnyFive...IsAlive
    1:27 pm January 13, 2011 Permalink

    Someone please ask him about the source of repayment, and whether “intent” as defined the cam newton case is now a precident. If it was for Cam why not anyone else.

    How can selby, wall, anyone else repay money they took with virtually no income. Meanwhile Kanter can document every cent, how it was spent (which should be considered) and is able to give the same money back that he accepted not borrowed from elsewhere.

  81. UK Student n Fan
    1:32 pm January 13, 2011 Permalink

    Why did he not answer the question about why did Washington recruit Enes and sign him? Why Mark Emmert did you not directly answer the question? This is unacceptable, we allow illegal aliens into our country, and put them of food stamps, welfare, etc. and they make more than us. We allow “uneducated” college juniors, to sell and trade merchandise, and act like they are too stupid to realize that this is against the rules. “Sorry, officer, I’m F****n hammered right now, I just felt like driving, nobody told me it was against the law..” “Oh you didn’t know that was illegal sir? Ok then, get home, have a nice night” NOT GONNA HAPPEN, weather you know it or not you broke the rules. Sounds like I am arguoing against Kanter, but it has happened so frequently in so many cases this year. Josh Selby, if anyone is gullible enough to clear him to play they need to be fired. We know, he accepted money and got a car, imagine what all we dont know just yet, and still he gets a baby size suspension, and gets to pay the money back that he previously received. How does he pay his money back? Sell his free BMW? No he gets financial aid along with his scholarschip, so he gets a refund from the school to pay the money back. Thats how I pay for my apt. except I take a loan out instead of being on scholarship. AND THE WHOLE TIME 15 YEAR OLD ENES IS IN TURKEY, JUST PLAYING THE BEST BALL THAT HE CAN, NOT WORRYING ABOUT MONEY. He was too young to handle his finances, so why is this different than Cam Newtown and Cams father? Because the Kanters thought they were doing the right thing, the Newtowns(thats plural) knew that they were auctioning Cam and knew it was illegal. NONE OF THIS MAKES SINCE MARK EMMERT. NONE OF IT, ENES HAS THE ONLY RESPECTABLE CASE OF THEM ALL. ONLY DIFFERENCE IS THAT HE IS WHITE AND FROM ANOTHER COUNTRY. SOUNDS RACIST TO ME. NCAA(National Committee of Anti-foreigner Association). PROTEST PEOPLE PROTEST!!! WE STILL HAVE A DRY ICE BLOCKS CHANCE IN HELL OF HAVING ENES PLAY NEXT YEAR!!!!!!! GO BIG BLUE!!!!!!!

  82. UKfan
    1:33 pm January 13, 2011 Permalink

    awwww……Jenny’s undying devotion to her man makes my heart melt 🙂

  83. cardt
    1:33 pm January 13, 2011 Permalink

    Wow, I thought Emmert killed that interview. Direct responses to every question without deflection. Very impressed and I think people don’t understand what the rules are and the specifics of each case. Just because Wash. had a verbal from Kanter doesn’t mean they thought he would be suiting up. They were willing to take a chance same as Cal, knowing it was improbable. The high school and college bball world knew he would never suit up the the uk fans were too hyped up and blinded with the free enes movement to see the writing on the wall. Pro’s can’t play in the Ncaa

  84. DavenderCatTheSequel
    1:38 pm January 13, 2011 Permalink

    Hey everyone…it’s a Card fan. You should know what BS looks like considering Tom Jurich is your AD & the whole “bridge year” thing. By the way, he did, down his leg.

  85. Enes
    1:42 pm January 13, 2011 Permalink

    Emmert is a total joke! he wanted me at Washingotn and when he couldnt, he made me ineligible. Like a spurned lover……. Suck it NCAA

  86. brb
    1:46 pm January 13, 2011 Permalink

    now really the ncaa shurly didnt think the ohio st players were gonna say im goin pro before the ncaa decision????? of course they said they’re comin back!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    1:48 pm January 13, 2011 Permalink

    does mark emmert have a facebook page???

  88. Just saying
    1:49 pm January 13, 2011 Permalink

    Heres the real issue. If Cam Newton was ruled ineligible, if Josh Selby was ruled ineligible for accepting funds from a NBA agent (family member), if OSUs guys were forced to sit the bowl game and THEN serve 5 games next season, and finally if Renardo Sydney (the closest case to Kanter) was ruled permanently ineligible…..then no one would say a word about Kanter being ineligible.

    We ALL knew Kanter was likely ineligible and there would not have been a surprize if he was ineligible, UNTIL the NCAA allowed these ridiculous rulings public. Its much more of a “if its good for them, it should be good for everyone” argument. The fact is the NCAA held to the rules 100% when reviewing Kanter’s situaution, they however can not say the same thing about every other case they ruled on this year.

    I am one UK fan that never thought Kanter should be eligible, simple fact is he took $33,000 while playing for a pro-tea,. No matter the intent, he’s not eligible by NCAA rule. However, when a player takes money from a sports agent (Selby and Sydney) they too are supposed to be ineligible. People throw up John Wall, but he took $800 from his coach to go on a trip, Selby took money from a NBA agent (family member), and Sydney took $12000 from a NBA agent, and was allowed to play after suspension.

    This is where the argument is. I dont think UK has a legit gripe about Kanter not playing, but the media should be much more focused on WHY THESE OTHER GUYS CAN play, not why enes can not.

  89. Tripe-n-Tomatoes
    1:52 pm January 13, 2011 Permalink

    NCAA, you had the choice to judge Enes by the letter of the law or the spirit of the law. You chose to ignore the fact that the Kanters did not intentionally violate the rules and now Enes is ineligible. These other clowns intentionally violated the rules and are in uniforms. “Pros can’t play in the NCAA.” Well, kids who take $ can’t either, but they get leniency while Kanter is judged harshly. Why is the “Pro” rule held up so rigidly while the other rules are relaxed? Shouldn’t the ones who intentionally violate the rules be punished most severely?


  90. Nassau65
    1:53 pm January 13, 2011 Permalink

    weak, extremely weak.

  91. Just saying
    1:54 pm January 13, 2011 Permalink

    Ive said it for months:

    Selby took $5000 from NBA agent-eligible
    Sydney took $12000 from NBA agent-eligible
    Cam Newton’s dad admits shopping Cam- eligible
    OSU players admit to crime 2 years ago selling SCHOOL owned equipment-Eligible for bowl game)
    Enes Kanter took $33,000 while playing in Turkey as a 15 year old-PERMANENTLY ineligible

    The difference in these situations?? Enes Kanter is white

  92. Tripe-n-Tomatoes
    1:56 pm January 13, 2011 Permalink

    88 – Yep. Why is there a different standard for certain players, sports, or rules? That’s what needs to be fixed.

  93. Turkish_prison_blues
    2:05 pm January 13, 2011 Permalink

    he is such a piece of shit, He says it was obvious that Kanter had eligability issues, well thats because his parents were so straight forward about it dumb ass. Unlike, Newtons parents,and OSU not informing the NCAA that they sold their jerseys for tatoos.

  94. RedSweaterVest
    2:08 pm January 13, 2011 Permalink

    Do you think the NCAA will punish “THE” Ohio State University for failure to educate it’s football players about NCAA rules?

  95. sc72
    2:12 pm January 13, 2011 Permalink

    Did Kanter’s parents accept the money BEFORE these rules were established in 2009? If they did, then the ruling can’t be valid.

  96. b
    2:13 pm January 13, 2011 Permalink

    If the ncaa was a guy I worked with, I’d tell him to go #@%! himself evey time I saw him.

  97. BlueMike
    2:18 pm January 13, 2011 Permalink

    Seth Davis choked on this one. Yeah, he asked the questions everyone has, but FAILED on any follow up. Asked about UW recruiting Kanter – answer: everyone knew there would be eligibility issues. End of discussion. Seth should have followed up and asked him again, why then if everyone knew Kanter had eligibility issues did UW recruit and offer Kanter? Instead, he just let it go. C’mon people, if you’re going to interview and ask questions – ask follow up questions and don’t let them side step it like Emmert did. He didn’t ask what the differences were between Kanter and Selby – why in similar situations did we get two opposite rulings?!?! Emmert is a horrible person and should have been aborted at birth and Seth Davis sucks at trying to be the guy who asks the “hard” questions.

  98. hmmm
    2:25 pm January 13, 2011 Permalink


  99. Colin
    2:33 pm January 13, 2011 Permalink

    Emmert’s an idiot!

  100. enes
    2:36 pm January 13, 2011 Permalink

    The original enes says. If you think the answers on this interview were BS wait until you hear the response from Dr. Lee Todd after his meeting with the NCAA. He will not get tough with them and would not if he could. He may ask a couple of questions but he wont be tough the way we would like to see him. He is simply trying to please the BBN by acting like he will demand an explination. He is a BS politicin who is afraid he might burn some bridges if he starts being tough. These guys are all alike, there’re all in it togeather and will not make waves. Get real people all politicins are the same. Beware the fake enes.

  101. RedEyesRunnyNose
    3:01 pm January 13, 2011 Permalink

    UK should buy stock.

  102. John Lorenz
    3:13 pm January 13, 2011 Permalink

    complete BS.

  103. Viren
    3:15 pm January 13, 2011 Permalink

    I got the sense that Mark Emmert was making up his answer as he was going along. It was pretty obvious in his body language. Let’s look on the bright side Kentucky should not wear a huge target on it’s back like last year’s team. I think with a lucky draw (we know that won’t ever happen to Kentucky) we might surprise some teams in the NCAA and get to the final four. When we do get there we go home with NCAA Championship better than 50% of the time. #8 will hail in Lexington soon and guys it will happen quicker than most of us believe. We can never trust the NCAA and if we were to win a National Championship with Enes Kanter, there would still be great chance that [email protected] in Indianapolis would try to retroactively vacate it. NCAA has already shown their true colors on Memphis’ Final Four Season after clearing a player. I am not sure how they think it would be school’s fault to play a guy that they cleared. I wonder now that NCAA has pocketed money from the BCS National Championship game, they would go back and rule Cam Newton ineligible and vacate their championship.

  104. GARBAGE
    3:25 pm January 13, 2011 Permalink

    NO! Not true. The reason the NCAA let OSU play their cheaters is because the NCAA stood to make a whole lot more money if the stars played in the bowl game! That’s freaking why… But you can’t say that Eckertt! Why not vacate their wins from the season? They did it to Cal at Memphis. But again, another discrepancy! They don’t dislike Tressel. They loathe Cal.

    I wish the big schools would just break away from the NCAA and their defunct rules!

  105. Flippy23
    3:25 pm January 13, 2011 Permalink

    What a mealy-mouth jackoff this guy is…..his logic and explanation were anything but clear to me. Facts are the NCAA was punitive in the Kanter ruling, his situation did not merit lifetime exclusion, and the NCAA could have ruled that way. They probably would have ruled that way if this were a Duke or Kansas…..but there was no way in hell UK was getting that kid eligible…..

  106. card fan
    3:43 pm January 13, 2011 Permalink

    i will finally agree with uk fans on two things, ncaa is full of it, and that guy did not answer one question directly. seth davis takes a step down in my opinion for not being more pressing like saying “that sounds all good what you just said mr. emmert, whatever it was, but you didnt answer my question.” its like asking a guy why he is late to work and he starts talking about what his dog ate for dinner the night before. makes no sense

  107. ukwildcat
    3:45 pm January 13, 2011 Permalink

    mark emmert is a joke. i bet if enes went anywhere else but uk, he would be eligible.

  108. WOW
    3:49 pm January 13, 2011 Permalink

    That was the biggest crock pot of crap ive heard in a while

  109. Kanter's Retribution
    3:49 pm January 13, 2011 Permalink

    Dissolve the NCAA now!!

  110. BlueFins
    3:51 pm January 13, 2011 Permalink

    Here’s an interesting nugget of Cecil Newton at the BCS Title Game.

  111. kc101
    3:53 pm January 13, 2011 Permalink

    Emmert is such a tool. Its as if scientists got together and created the perfect Nickelback fan.

  112. ares
    4:06 pm January 13, 2011 Permalink

    how much did Selby get and why is what he got not similar to what enes got? i would like to know what specifically are different about the cases.

  113. Cat man
    4:07 pm January 13, 2011 Permalink

    Was watching that interview as satisfying to the rest of you ? Ranks right up there with my last colonoscopy. I have never heard so much BS shoveled out with a straight face. Right at the top of the Preparation H meter,,,,clearly 10 out of a possible 10. Forget Newton,,Ohio State and all the others except Josh Selby. His case is exactly the same except that he is at Kansas. Emmert must have gone to the same school of BS as Nancy Pelosi. This guy has a future in politics. As for Seth Davis,,,,you let him slide. All you had to do was ask one question,,,how does the Kanter case differ from the Selby case ? Would have loved to hear that answer.

  114. I_smell_something
    4:40 pm January 13, 2011 Permalink

    I don’t know why Emmert continues to do these interviews. He just keeps digging the hole deeper and is convincing even more and more people that really all they do is make up rules as they go. Not one of their high profile decisions have made any logical sense. The NCAA is going to look back in a few years and say, man, we really got those wrong!

  115. Flyingfishman
    4:45 pm January 13, 2011 Permalink

    Mark Emmert = Douche Bag

  116. tdr76
    5:17 pm January 13, 2011 Permalink

    This guy should be on ‘do you think you can dance?’ he can certainly dance around the issues.

  117. Wildcat8
    5:23 pm January 13, 2011 Permalink

    UK needs to secede from the NCAA, and other elite teams will follow. If we start paying players a salary, and start letting the schools determine the eligibility of a player instead of the New York Times, the NCAA might get their asses in gear. We don’t need them anyway!

  118. emmert
    5:27 pm January 13, 2011 Permalink

    Hello America,
    stop meddling with the IOC internal affairs, clean up the joke NCAA hypocrisy in your own backyard first.

  119. Viren
    5:32 pm January 13, 2011 Permalink

    Up until this year I thought NCAA was credible and school’s that go on to win the NCAA Championships were on the top of the mountain. After all the crap that came out in all high profile cases. Does getting to the final four even really matter? If the NCAA can not play by the rules they wrote then why should school have to abide by them? BIAS is LIES are written all over NCAA. University of Kentucky could not get Enes eligible, but not without making them look like complete incompetent fools. There are many fans outside of UK fan base are questioning the way NCAA operate. NCAA will stand by thugs like Sydney, it is crime to clear a player whose intention was to be part of college basketball.

  120. Viren
    5:34 pm January 13, 2011 Permalink

    SEC as a whole conference need to just pull plug on NCAA.

  121. emmert
    5:35 pm January 13, 2011 Permalink

    Hello Kentucky,
    Kentucky officials should check if FIBA has any salary cap on members of juniors teams, maybe the turkish team purposely paid the kanters more than he needed to forfeit his amateur status; it look like they were being malicious and took advantage of the kanters family being naive.Kentucky should look into this and we might start all over again.

  122. My email to Mr. Emmert
    5:51 pm January 13, 2011 Permalink

    At first glance of this new email, you may wonder why some random college student is writing you an email asking the president of the NCAA for help. If you’re still reading this email, which is unlikely due to the fact you’ve probably already ruled my email ineligible because I’m from Kentucky, I would like to thank you for your attempt to go on air and justify why you made such NCAA eligibility rulings here recently. It takes a lot for someone to do that when he/she is under that amount of scrutiny. Seth asked you some pretty thorough questions about Enes Kanter but not the most important one. It is all clear and well-known that both Enes and Josh Selby, guard for Kansas, both took money before their enrollment at their respective colleges. I’m not fully understanding as to how one ruling is a suspension and the money is paid back by the university, however, the other is permanent ineligibility. Now, you might think I have a biased opinion as to what should be happening since I’m from Kentucky. In that case, you’re absolutely right. But as just a fan of the college basketball game itself though, I am a realist. I understand the reason that Enes cannot play is because he violated NCAA rules and now has to be punished for that. Congratulations for actually getting that case right. I am just perplexed as to how the same exact situation can occur at Kansas, but the rulings couldn’t be anymore different. I know that Mr. Selby probably took less money than Enes, but that shouldn’t have any affect on a ruling from the committee. If Enes had taken less money, would he have been ruled eligible? Where is the line drawn at that says if you take this amount or less, you’ll only serve a suspension and the school you attend will pay back the money for you. You’ve denied a good young man an opportunity to do what he has always wanted and I really hope you feel responsible for this. I know you nor any representative will ever go on air and say you all made a mistake in an eligibility ruling, but I know you know deep down that a mistake was made with this young man. Had he be playing for Lorenzo Romar instead of John Calipari, the ruling would have totally been different. The NCAA is not consistent and never will be if decisions in the past year keep occurring. If taking money is wrong and results in a ban on playing, then make that decision regardless of player, institution, or nationality. I have not one problem with the permanent ban on Enes because I know he was in the wrong, but so was Josh Selby and Cam Newton. Look what ended up happening to them. You’re running the NCAA into the ground and it’s losing more and more credibility every second. Just because you all are the highest governing body of the NCAA and honestly do not have to provide a reason for your rulings, doesn’t mean you can any decision you want without precedent nor valid reasoning. You have made the NCAA an institution that no one trusts anymore and that will only continue to worsen if you do not change the way you are handling things.

    I am die hard fan of the NCAA and it is no doubt a big part of my life. I would much rather watch any college game than any pro game without a doubt. But please start making consistent and educated decisions on eligibility issues, you’re ruining the game that many have grown to love. I’d hate to be known as the man who ruined college sports for this country, wouldn’t you?


  123. RidgeRunner
    6:01 pm January 13, 2011 Permalink

    Yeah, like many of ya already stated…Seth Davis did ok with the questions overall but that bag-of-sh/t ain’t gonna speak the truth.

  124. Cat fan stuck in NC
    6:30 pm January 13, 2011 Permalink

    So since championship or bowl games are more important does that mean that Kanter is permanently ineligible for the regular season but able to play in the SEC and NCAA tournaments?!?!

  125. Look Out Firecracker
    6:30 pm January 13, 2011 Permalink

    So, does this mean that Enes can play in the NCAA tournament games? They are not considered regular season games, either.

  126. Bill
    6:32 pm January 13, 2011 Permalink

    Here is a thought I haven’t seen before. Would Kanter be eligible if he were a football player about to play in a BCS Bowl? My is is most likely.

  127. Bill
    6:33 pm January 13, 2011 Permalink

    That should have been, my thought is, most likely.

  128. gcat4496
    6:39 pm January 13, 2011 Permalink

    Clearly was a stick back to UK for luring Kanter away from Washington. If Kanter stayed at Wash, he would have been cleared to play at some point. Mr. Emmert knows it. As Davis points out, Wash recruited and got a committment from Kanter (which Emmert calls an open and shut case) from the beginning. He is a hypocrite. Remember, the rules are flexible now so the NCAA can bend them however they desire.

  129. RidgeRunner
    6:45 pm January 13, 2011 Permalink

    124 & 125..Ya know what they say about great minds? In your cases, they think alike and at the same time. LOL

    Yes, great points for sure to the both of ya!

  130. Kenny H
    7:42 pm January 13, 2011 Permalink

    Go get him Dr. Todd.

  131. bluemoses
    7:48 pm January 13, 2011 Permalink

    what a mealy-mouthed sack of shit

  132. KY catFAN48
    7:52 pm January 13, 2011 Permalink

    NCAA Manuel and Bylaws section 2.6 The Principle of Nondiscrimination basically says there shall be no discrimination based on various things , one of these being national origin. Why can’t Kanter use discrimination against the NCAA due to the fact that they let American players pay back money and sit games but when it came to a Turkish player they said no.

  133. KY catFAN48
    8:16 pm January 13, 2011 Permalink

    Why can’t Kanter sue on grounds of discrimination

  134. serdi
    8:29 pm January 13, 2011 Permalink

    Emmert is an academic. He is condesending, and like nearly all academics can’t believe that you would question him, not only that, but he is not concerned in the least about a student (Kanter) or a faculty/institution (UK) about the ramifications of his decision. He blows off criticism. I keep saying adnausem, the problem with the NCAA is that is run by academics who do not have a clue. Emmert is the latest example.

  135. jackblue
    8:41 pm January 13, 2011 Permalink

    #37 madville same question I would like and answer and explanation, how can a player play professional baseball and then play other college sports. I know the NCAA answer, its our ruling that’s why its OK.

  136. 4BIG BLUE
    8:54 pm January 13, 2011 Permalink

    MR. Mark Emmert and the rest of the individuals of the NCAA need to STEP DOWN they make the rules up as they go along and bend and brake the rules. If anyone is in violation it’s the NCAA and they need to be declared ineligible.

  137. i.b.poe
    10:20 pm January 13, 2011 Permalink

    I’d love to see the Kanters sue the NCAA. I don’t know what the basis of the suit would be, but DRAG EM THROUGH THE MUD!!!

  138. Travis
    8:33 am January 14, 2011 Permalink

    If a bowl game or championship game is looked at differently than a regular season game (OHIO STATE), then we should be fine when we get to the National Championship and bring Enes off the bench, right?? It never hurts to wishful think.