Alabama’s Textbook Case Now at 6 Figures

By Michael Casagrande
The Decatur Daily

The price tag for 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 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

athletics 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 an internal

investigation into the student-athlete textbook distribution system just days

after the discovery of inaccuracies in October 2007.

The case has not been resolved, as the school has appealed the NCAA’s punishment handed down in June.

Alabama wants 21 vacated football wins restored and has filed numerous 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.