NCAA alleges failure to monitor over textbooks

Alabama confirmed Thursday that it met February 20 with the NCAA’s Committee on Infractions in San Diego regarding the textbook fiasco. The NCAA’s allegations against Alabama include the words “failure to monitor.”

According to documents sent to the school by the NCAA and released by UA, “It is alleged that the scope and nature of the violations detailed in Allegation No. 1 demonstrate that the institution failed to monitor the student-athlete textbook system and failed to assure compliance by not providing adequate NCAA rules education pertaining to athletics book aid to student-athletes and supply store personnel.”

Alabama’s response was to admit the university, “failed to adequately monitor its student-athlete textbook distribution system.” The University also attempted to explain the nature of the case, “In stating what this case is, it is also important to recognize what it is not. This is not a case of intentional misconduct by coaches, institutional employees or boosters…No one made a financial profit from the textbook violations—books were received or acquired in violation of the rules, but no one sold the books or materials for cash.”

Alabama also argues the school “discovered the violations through monitoring by its supply store personnel…”

One interesting item to note, the NCAA requested not only recent textbook activity, but according to correspondence between the institution and the NCAA, investigators requested textbook records as far back as 2003.

University of Alabama President Dr. Robert Witt made this statement, “Compliance with NCAA and SEC rules is of the utmost importance to The University of Alabama and our Athletics Department, and I am pleased with the way our compliance officers handled this situation. UA works diligently to ensure that integrity and a commitment to excellence are the hallmarks of our athletics program, and we appreciate the support we received from Commissioner Slive and the SEC, and officials at the NCAA.”