NCAA Rules Kentucky Forward Enes Kanter Permanently Ineligible

Unlike the past few years where the NCAA cleared a John Calipari player before the season and then things were questioned after the season finished, they have ruled on freshman forward Enes Kanter early on. A press release says “The NCAA student-athlete reinstatement staff has ruled University of Kentucky men’s basketball student-athlete Enes Kanter permanently ineligible for receiving benefits above his actual and necessary expenses while playing for a club basketball team in Turkey.”

New NCAA rules allow potential student-athletes to play with professionals but they’re not allowed to get paid more than is necessary to cover expenses such as food and transportation. The NCAA determined Kanter received over $33,000 more than what was necessary, suggesting he was a professional player thereby wiping out his amateur status.

Kentucky plans to appeal the ruling with a reinstatement committee at the end of the month. The committee has the power to reduce or remove the condition, so Kentucky at least has that going for it. The Wildcats weren’t planning on playing Kanter until he was cleared and it now appears as if they won’t have him around period.

Tennessee and Auburn Lose Exhibition Games to Division II Opponents

It’s a down year for the SEC in football and wouldn’t you know, it’s looking like it will be a down year for the conference in basketball as well. Not only is Tennessee dealing with coach Bruce Pearl admitting he lied to the NCAA, but they also stunk it up on the court Monday night.

The Vols fell to D-II opponent Indianapolis 79-64 at home in Knoxville in an exhibition game. Tennessee turned the ball over 25 times — every player on the roster had a turnover. Not only that, but they also shot just 50% from the line while Indianapolis essentially won the game at the free throw line. They went 33-40 at the line, shooting 83% from the stripe.

Auburn, in its first year under coach Tony Barbee, lost an exhibition contest to D-II Columbus State. The Tigers shot just 33% from the field and 35% at the line. Additionally, Auburn was outrebounded 50-44 and saw Steve Peterson hit the game-winner against them with 15.1 seconds left. The upside for the Tigers is that it’s just an exhibition game and at least they held their opponent to 29% shooting. Regardless, losing to a Division II school in any contest looks bad, and that’s exactly what Tennessee and Auburn did. It will likely be a long year for both programs.

John Calipari Does Not Approve of Dale Brown’s Blue Suit

Kentucky beat Dillard (which is now doubling as a basketball team in addition to a department store) in its final exhibition game Friday night (yawn) 122-54. In case you haven’t been following it, the Wildcats may use a similar lineup to what Villanova had a few years ago, four mid-sized athletic guys on the court at the same time. Whatever they did on Friday worked and they were up so big against Dillard they were just having fun. One thing that wasn’t funny was John Calipari’s reaction to the suit worn by his adversary, Dale Brown.

Brown, the former Kentucky player, wore a blue suit with a white undershirt as a tribute to his alma mater. He now is inducted into the ugly suit club for that wardrobe choice, joining Rick Pitino and Pacman Jones. Here’s how he looked in the gumball suit:

After the one-sided ass whopping game, Calipari shared his unflattering thoughts about the suit: “There are three suits that I’ve seen that I say — I don’t know if I want to say gag me. But there’s a white suit I saw. There was a gold suit that I saw — I don’t know if it was yellow or gold — where the pants were too long. The guy at West Virginia wore it. Then that suit right there. Those three right there.”

Brown gets an A for effort, but an F for fashion choice. That badboy was ugly!

Pics courtesy of Loraemily75 and pennington_jl

Iowa Violations Center Around Recruits Meeting Ashton Kutcher, Demi Moore

I don’t know exactly what an Ashton Kutcher is, but somehow it keeps popping up in sports conversations. First I hear that this character has a fantasy football show, then the guy shows up as a high school assistant coach, and now he’s getting his Iowa Hawkeyes into trouble via recruiting violations.

The Des Moines Register found out that Iowa self reported violations to the NCAA involving recruits meeting people who represent the athletic department. Two basketball recruits met Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore while another basketball recruit met former players Reggie Evans and Dean Oliver.

The violations became public when the two recruits said they met Kutcher and Moore during a September football game between Iowa and Iowa State in Iowa City. And as most cases seem to go these days, the proof was documented on twitter. Check out this picture Sports by Brooks tipped us off to that unveils the evidence:

Going to be pretty hard for the Hawkeyes to deny allegations at this point. They’ve self-reported the problems to the NCAA but I’m guessing they won’t be penalized too badly. Would meeting Ashton Kutcher really sway a recruit towards the school? Exactly.

Pac-10 Announces New Pac-12 Conference Alignment with North and South Divisions

Pac-10 commissioner Larry Scott held a news conference Thursday to announce the alignment changes to the conference. First off, the new alignment features a North and South division (for football only). Scott, who kept calling the conference “the new Pac-12,” says all the schools will have equal revenue sharing. He also mentioned that if revenue does not exceed $170 million in media rights in any year, UCLA and USC would receive a $2 million payment. Here are the football divisions that were voted on unanimously by the schools’ presidents:

PAC-12 NORTH: Washington, Washington State, Oregon, Oregon State, Cal, Stanford

PAC-12 SOUTH: USC, UCLA, Arizona, Arizona State, Colorado, Utah

Scott said the divisions were determined based on four factors: the importance of rivalry games, fan friendliness, geography, and competitive balance. Scott said they wanted to ensure the conferences were balanced evenly based on success the football programs have had in the conference.

Another very interesting point to note is that the conference championship game will be played on the home field of the team with the best conference record, not a neutral site. It does not appear that a tie-breaking system has been finalized, but head-to-head record will be the top tie-breaker, and possibly the BCS standings may be another.

Scott also announced how the football and basketball conference schedules will be formatted:


    – There will be nine conference games five divisional, four cross-divisional)
    – The four California schools will be locked in to play each other every year
    – There will be a rotating system for two of the remaining four teams


    – There will be 18 games like usual
    – guaranteed home and home against traditional rival
    – six rotating home games against six schools each year
    – one game against the remaining four teams

Pepperdine’s Keion Bell Pulls Off Seven-Person Leap Frog Dunk (Video)

If you thought Nate Robinson’s dunk over Dwight Howard in 2009 NBA Slam Dunk Competition was insane, you’ll definitely appreciate the display of freak athleticism Keion Bell put on at Pepperdine’s Midnight Madness.  Last year, Bell dunked over five teammates during the same event.  Wanting to follow the dunk contest protocol and outdo himself this year, Bell decided to add a couple more props — also known as humans — to the same dunk.  Check out the video of Keion Bell dunking over seven people:

Thanks to Deadspin for pointing out the video.  Dude is an absolute animal in every sense of the word.  He’s a 3-star prospect according to Rivals.com, so that means he has a shot at making it to the NBA.  I think it’s safe to say we’d all like to see that, if for no other reason than to add him to the Slam Dunk Competition card.

Video Credit: Ball is Life on YouTube

Rebel Black Bear Is New Ole Miss Mascot

Much like the Confederate flag hanging atop the South Carolina statehouse, moving on from Colonel Reb was long over due for Ole Miss. After being without a mascot for the past seven or so years, Ole Miss finally decided on a new mascot to represent the Rebels. Based on a student vote, the Rebel Black Bear was selected. The Rebel Land Shark unfortunately came in second, while “Hoddy Toddy,” a saying exchanged between Ole Miss fans, came in third. Here are pics of the Rebel Black Bear thanks to the Clarion-Ledger:

If you ask me, Ole Miss is just biting off other schools. Cal, Baylor, Missouri State, Maine, Brown, Montana, and Northern Colorado all already have Bear mascots. In contrast, how many sharks do you know of? And no, the team from Any Given Sunday doesn’t count. They really blew it if you ask me, but anything is better than Colonel Reb. The next step is eliminating the whole “Rebels” nickname altogether.