NCAA Will Reportedly Force Alabama to Vacate Victories Over 3 Seasons
Alabama football players and athletes in several other sports were involved in a prohibited textbook and materials disbursement scheme. It's seemingly benign stuff compared to recent allegations against Memphis and USC, but this is Alabama we're talking about, which seems to have its Brooks Was Here moment every time it finds itself paroled.
The Birmingham News speculates that the 'Tide will forfeit at least 10 victories that involved ineligible players up to, but not including, the 2007 win over Tennessee and its bowl win; ESPN's Mark Schlabach reported that number could be twice as high. Mike Shula presided over the 2005 and 2007 teams, Nick Saban took charge in 2007. They combined for 23 wins in that three-year period.
Amusingly, as pointed out by Joe Cribbs' Car Wash, this kills commissioner Mike Slive's ambitions for a probation-free SEC. It was cute while it lasted though. To their credit, the Tide appears to have avoided a postseason and television ban and loss of scholarships as the NCAA has trended recently towards vacating victories over other forms of punishment (see: Oklahoma).