TUSCALOOSA, Ala. The final legal bill is in now that Alabamas NCAA textbook case has met its conclusion.
University spokesperson Deborah Lane said the school spent more than $180,000 on lawyers who helped present Alabamas case that officially ended yesterday. The NCAAs Infractions Appeals Committee denied the schools final appeal Tuesday as the Crimson Tide sought a reversal of the sanctions involving the vacation of 21 football wins from 2005-07.
In all, Alabama paid the Kansas-based law firm of Bond Schoeneck & King $165,972.50 in fees and $22,470.12 in expenses involved in assisting the university. The grand total paid out was $188,442.62.
There were zero state dollars spent in the case as all money spent on the schools defense came from the athletic department account.
Since NCAA rules allow no further appeals, the case appears shut for now.
Tide coach Nick Saban weighed in on the failed appeal Wednesday evening.
Even though its disappointing, it still affects nothing in the future, he said.
After two practices in just helmets and shoulder pads, Alabama players threw on full pads for the first time this spring when heading outdoors on a sunny Wednesday afternoon.
It has been quite a long time since they have had pads on, Saban said. It is always a difficult adjustment for the players to carry their pads and go through their first practice.
There were a few notable players who practiced and a few who did not.
Rising sophomore running back Trent Richardson strained a hamstring in Mondays practice so his participation was limited Wednesday.
Dre Kirkpatrick, a serious contender to start at cornerback in the fall, was back after missing Mondays practice because of a death in the family.
McKeller on medical scholarship
Offensive lineman Darius McKellers Alabama career is officially over before it started. Hell go on a medical scholarship after suffering a traumatic wrist injury, Saban said.
After several surgeries, the medical staff did not feel comfortable with allowing him to play further.
Our medical staff thought that hed be at severe risk if he injured it again, especially with his position on the offensive line, Saban said. He was able to play, but theyd not be able to fix it if they had to fix it again.
The medical scholarship allows him to stay in school without playing football but not count against the 85-scholarship limit set by the NCAA.
McKeller signed with Alabama in 2009 and grayshirted last fall deferring enrollment until January. Coming out of high school, he was a three-star recruit according to Scout.com that ranked him the 43rd best offensive guard in the nation.
Awards keep coming for Ingram
Award season never ends if youre Mark Ingram.
The Tide junior to be and reigning Heisman Trophy winner was named one of 14 semifinalists for the Sullivan Award on Wednesday. Presented by the AAU for the past 80 years, the Sullivan Award honors the nations best amateur athlete.
Only five football players have won the award in its eight decades of existence. Former Florida quarterback Tim Tebow was the most recent winner in 2007 preceded by Tennessees Payton Manning in 1997.
Finalists will be named April 2 and the award ceremony is set for April 14 in New York City.