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 discretion."
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.