UK Recruit Enes Kanter took cash

According to ESPN.com

Kentucky recruit Enes Kanter received more than $100,000 in cash and benefits while he played for a professional team in Turkey, the club’s general manager told The New York Times.

Nedim Karakas, the GM for Fenerbahce Ulker, said the team has handed over banking and housing records to the NCAA, which is reviewing Kanter’s amateur status.

“The NCAA asked officially what we paid,” he told the newspaper. “We took from the bank what we paid. Normally, we send all the documents that we have. They asked for more things. They asked for the rent, what we paid.”

He had said in the past that the did not take any money when he first signed his Letter of Intent with Kentucky which did surprise me a little because he was a professional player overseas in Turkey, so I am anxious to see what and how quick the NCAA powers will handle this situation.

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A New Roar in Detroit

Last year was the first year in the Jim Schwartz era and there were already changes with in the Organization. Starting with Kettle ball Training during training camp and open competitions all the way around. Through the 2009 season and there was progression through Scott Linehans offense and from Matthew Stafford as well as fast rising linebacker DeAndre Levy as well as the emergence of rookie safety Louis Delmas. Fast forward to the off-season and you can see the out with the old and in with the new continues with the acquisition of defensive end Kyle Vanden Bosch and wide receiver Nate Burleson who had a sub-par couple years in Seattle and a solid draft with the picks of Ndamukong Suh, Jahvid Best, and what Could be the steal of the draft in Amari Spivey. This is not your Detroit Lions teams of the early 2000s, its a new day in Lion Land and a new buzz is generated, just ask safety Louis Delmas who said ” It’s no surprise if we come out and get eight wins, I won’t be surprised at all. We know we can do it.” With that said, I’m going to get on the Lions bandwagon or at least put one leg in because Jim Schwartz has put new life into the Detroit Lions.

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Quinn Thomas NFL Preview Snippet

Myself and My friends over at the Coach Dean show on blogtalkradio break down teams in the NFC. You can listen to the show every Wednesday at 6pm est on Blogtalkradio

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/CoachDean

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Michigan Starts on Good Foot

Rich Rodriguez has done it now. He’s found the missing piece to running his spread offense. That piece is quarterback is Denard Robinson, the fleet-footed sophomore did it to perfection by accounting for a school record 383 total yards of offense. “I knew I had to play well, because somebody else would probably take the rest of the snaps,” Robinson said. None truer words spoken because there is heavy competition behind him in Devin Gardner and also Tate Forcier who after the game declared he was out at Michigan.

This game gives Michigan fans reason to be excited for the season after this rousing victory and reason for fans to not let Rich Rodriguez go just yet but this is college football so stay tuned..

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Syracuse Impresses In Opener

If you were busy watching Michigan blow out UCONN and if you were in the upstate New York area and could’nt take the poor broadcasting of the Syracuse game then a good showing put on by the Orange. First time starter  Ryan Nassib, who played behind Greg Paulus last season threw a wonderful game going 17-for-27 with two touchdowns. The Doug Marrone era is offficially here with quick strikes to receivers and hard running by halfbacks Delone Carter and Antwon Bailey. The team is buying in to what the coach has been and now we are seeing the official product.

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Quinn Thomas NBA Playoff Preview

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Revival in Raider Nation

For a very long time fans of the Oakland Raiders have had a lot to put up with when it comes to the off season. Whether it is the head scratching free agent pickups (i.e Javon Walker) or poor draft decisions (i.e Tyler Brayton, Slade Norris and more). But I must applaud GM Al Davis and the front office for all the moves it has made in getting rid of dead weight players, bringing in guys who want to play football and making smarter and needed drafts unlike other drafts where they went for the flashy picks. The addition of Jason Campbell gives them stability under center and a proven quarterback which, is something they have not had since Rich Gannon. On defense, they made improvements as well with the additions of Kamerion Wimbley and Quentin Groves and the draft pick of former Alabama standout linebacker Rolando McClain.Last but not least, the hiring of Hue Jackson to call the offense will be very solid because he has proven he can develop wide receivers as well as quarterbacks giving Jason Campbell the consistency he has never had as an NFL quarterback. Finally the powers that be in Oakland have given fans something to cheer about and to be excited about this upcoming season, So I can say proudly “Just Win Baby”

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