University of Alabama releases rebuttal to NCAA ruling

TUSCALOOSA, AL (WBRC) - The University of Alabama on Tuesday publicly released its written rebuttal to the NCAA ruling involving the violation of the NCAA's rules on textbooks for student-athletes.

The rebuttal was posted Tuesday morning on the University's website, uanews.ua.edu.

According to the website, the rebuttal was submitted to the NCAA Division 1 Committee on Infractions on September 17, 2009.  It was the university's response to a decision by the NCAA earlier this year to penalize the university for violating the NCAA's rules on textbooks for student-athletes.

In the original ruling, the NCAA placed Alabama's football program and 15 other of the school's athletic programs on probation for three years. The ruling stripped Alabama of 21 football wins over a three-year period between 2005 and 2007.

The NCAA said 201 athletes in 16 sports obtained "impermissible benefits" by using their scholarships to obtain free textbooks for other students. Alabama identified 22 athletes, including seven football players, as "intentional wrongdoers" who knew they were receiving improper benefits.

As a result, the NCAA ruled the football team must vacate any wins in which any of those seven players took part during 2005-07. Alabama said that pending a successful appeal, the decision would cost the program 21 wins, including the 2005 Cotton Bowl victory over Texas Tech and an upset of Florida earlier that season.