Alabama booster seeks new trial in NCAA suit

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - An Alabama football fan who won $5 million in a slander lawsuit against the NCAA has given up on collecting the money and will instead push for a new trial.

An attorney for Ray Keller said Monday the north Alabama timber dealer is now seeking a second trial in Jackson County.

A jury in Scottsboro awarded Keller $5 million in 2007.

The longtime Alabama booster accused the NCAA of slandering him in its investigation of the Crimson Tide football program in 2002.

A judge threw out the verdict and Keller appealed.

But he has now dropped the appeal, and attorney Don Word said Keller hopes for a second trial in Jackson County.

Word said it's possible that jurors could award Keller even more money in a retrial.

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