Alabama asks NCAA to restore vacated wins

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) - The University of Alabama has formally asked the NCAA to restore 21 vacated wins to the football program, saying the penalty was "so excessive as to constitute an abuse of discretion."

The university filed a 29-page appeal Tuesday of the Committee on Infractions' decision regarding the penalties stemming from 201 student-athletes in 16 sports obtaining textbooks they weren't entitled to under their scholarships.

The appeal also argued that the penalties in football and men's tennis and women's track were a departure from precedent in similar cases and in vacating wins.

The violators included 22 "intentional wrongdoers" - among them seven football players - who obtained more than $100 in supplies for other students.

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