University of Alabama

Alabama's legal battle vs. NCAA tops $175,000 so far

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — The price tag for The University of Alabama’s defense in the NCAA textbook scandal has risen well into the six-figure range.

According to information obtained by The Daily through a public records request, the school has paid more than $175,000 so far on legal costs and expenses.

The matter, handled by the school’s general counsel and attorney Mike Glazier of the firm Bond, Schoeneck & King, racked bills of $170,228.77. Attorney’s fees cost $149,252.50 while other expenses totaled $20,976.27.

The additional $5,221.04 was spent on miscellaneous expenses, according to the information provided by the university.

All expenses, which total $175,449.81 to date, were paid by of the athletic department with no state money involved.

Glazier, based out of Overland Park, Kan., specializes in NCAA infractions issues. According to the Bond, Schoeneck & King Web site, Glazier worked at the NCAA for seven years dealing with infractions, compliance and legislative matters. His firm was initially hired by the university to conduct the internal investigation into the student-athlete textbook distribution system just days after the discovery of inaccuracies in October 2007.

The case has yet to be resolved as the school appealed the NCAA’s punishment handed down in June. Alabama wants 21 vacated football wins restored and it has filed several documents in the long appeals process.

The school initially denied The Daily’s July 9 public records request for documentation pertaining to the legal costs in the matter. Multiple requests that followed were ignored before Assistant Vice President for University Relations Deborah Lane provided the requested records Tuesday evening.