Former Recruiting Analyst Got $150,000 from NCAA

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) - The NCAA has paid $150,000 to settle with a key witness in its last case against the Alabama football program.

The Birmingham News reported Wednesday that recruiting analyst Tom Culpepper received $150,000 in May. He was a secret witness in the NCAA's investigation into Alabama football recruiting.

The NCAA had signed a confidential agreement with Culpepper to pay his legal fees and protect him from any possible court judgments. Under the agreement, Culpepper had to release the NCAA from any claims against the organization.

Culpepper gave a deposition in July as part of his divorce proceedings saying that the NCAA paid his attorney's fees and expenses related to litigation stemming from the NCAA investigation, in addition to the money he received in May.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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