Alabama asks NCAA to restore vacated wins

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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) - The University of Alabama has formally
asked the NCAA to restore 21 vacated wins to the football program.

The university filed a 29-page appeal Tuesday that said the
penalty was "so excessive as to constitute an abuse of

The Committee on Infractions' levied 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.