USCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) - The University of Alabama has spent more than $175,000 defending allegations that athletes in 16 sports obtained textbooks they weren't entitled to under their scholarships.
The Press-Register and The Decatur Daily reported on the legal costs after making a public records request. The papers said university records show that attorneys fees for defending the allegations totaled more than $149,000 and other legal costs brought the total to nearly $175,500.
The legal expenses were paid by the athletics department, which does not receive money from the state budgets.
Much of the legal work was handled by attorney Mike Glazier of Overland Park, Kan.
The university is appealing a decision by the NCAA that vacated 21 football wins plus records by athletes in men's tennis and women's track.
The legal costs were first reported by the Mobile paper Tuesday.