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"The question is, can you make him pay it back?" Calipari said. "Can you sit him out, sit him out the year, let him come back next year? Or they can choose to say — whether his father knew (the rules) or he didn’t know or any of that stuff — we’re not letting him ever play."
Calipari said, as he has in the past, that Kanter’s father always intended for his son to remain an amateur with the intent of playing college basketball. Calipari then brought up the possibility of legal action.
"If they choose to (rule him ineligible), the only choice he’ll have is to sue," Calipari said. "I haven’t talked to him about that, whether he would try to get an injunction and play. I don’t know. It’s unfortunate, but it is where we are, and we’re just waiting to hear."
When asked about the lawsuit option by reporters Tuesday, Calipari feinted ignorance. "Did I say sue?" he said. When reported nodded in the affirmative, Calipari said, "Wow, strong statement."
"Obviously, that’s an option for them," Calipari said of Kanter and his family. "(Of the NCAA ruling) This isn’t fair." Of the legal action he mentioned on his call-in radio show Monday night, the UK coach said, "A lot of things I throw out (as) food for thought. I encourage thinking."