TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) -- The state Supreme Court agreed to hear
oral arguments in a lawsuit filed against the NCAA and a
one-time recruiting analyst by former University of Alabama
football coach Ronnie Cottrell.
A Tuscaloosa County jury awarded Cottrell 24 million dollars
in punitive damages and six million dollars in compensatory
damages in his complaint against recruiting analyst Tom Culpepper
But Circuit Judge Steve Wilson ordered a new trial, saying the
judgment was "obviously the result of passion, bias,
prejudice, and emotions."
Both sides appealed, and the case is on the Supreme Court's
docket for May First.
Cottrell and another former Alabama assistant, Ivy Williams,
sued Culpepper and the NCAA claiming they were unable to
find comparable employment following the NCAA's
investigation of Alabama, which was placed on probation and
received other sanctions for rules violations.