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Twitter rumor says Kanter will be eligible

The Internet. It can be a strange and wonderful place. It can also be a place where the slightest mention of a (relatively) big news story -- in this case, the ongoing eligibility case of talented Turkish Kentucky prospect Enes Kanter -- can spawn rampant speculation and buzz. The Internet requires you to be careful. It requires you to not accept things at face value.

Such was the case when Brett Blevins, a scout for HoopsReport.com and a high school coach at Randall K. Cooper High School in Union, Ky., tweeted the following on Friday:

Just heard from my gestapette that enes kanter will in fact be eligible this season. Great news for the blue and white.

Naturally, this sent Kentucky fans into something of a frenzy. Inside info! Encouraging back-channel data! Scoop!

Blevins soon backtracked in the wake of what he called others "twisting his tweet," which is kind of a nice turn of phrase, if you're into the whole alliteration thing. From Blevins:

To clarify b/c some have twisted my tweet. Kanter will serve a suspension. Bout 20% or 6 games. This comes from a NCAA compliance officer [...] She is one of the ladies that coaches commonly call "gestapettes". Very connected, says a decision should come soon. [...] The sticking point right now is how many games to suspend Kanter if any at all...FINGERS CROSSED

If he's right, Blevins has apparently walked himself into quite a scoop. Getting an NCAA compliance officer -- or "gestapette," which, if I were a female NCAA compliance officer, is a term I might find a little bit offensive -- to dish this kind of info is a big deal. The question now: Is Blevins (and his "gestapette") right?

The answer, as John Clay rightfully notes, is we don't know. No one seems to know. Enes Kanter's father doesn't seem to know. John Calipari doesn't seem to know. People, and not just Kentucky fans, care about Enes Kanter's case, so of course there are sundry of rumors and estimates flying about. But the bottom line is that until the NCAA officially announces something, or issues a news release in the immediate wake of a valid, well-sourced report, we aren't going to know.

It's not that Blevins' "report" isn't that. It very well could be. It's just that, you know, we don't know. This is how NCAA compliance decisions work, and even in 2010, no matter how many Twitter-enabled Blackberries mill about the stable, we still have to wait for the horse itself to speak.