UA issues rebuttal in textbook scandal

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) - The University of Alabama contends the NCAA's Committee on Infractions wrongly forced the football program to vacate 21 wins.

The university, in a rebuttal released Tuesday, says the wins should be restored. It says the committee, among other things, improperly cited the school's repeat violator status as a key factor in imposing the penalty.

Alabama's rebuttal said the infractions committee cited the school's "abysmal infractions track record" and described that record as "the driving force behind" the penalty vacating the 21 football victories.

The university said the committee ignored bylaws and precedents in addressing repeat violator penalties.

The case that led to the penalty involved 201 athletes in 16 sports obtaining textbooks they weren't entitled to under their scholarships.

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