Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Probation is Over!

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By David Wasson
Executive Sports Editor

TUSCALOOSA | Feb. 1, 2002 was perhaps the darkest day in University of Alabama football history -- the day the NCAA handed down penalties and probation to the Crimson Tide. Thursday, the Tide's five-year probation ends.

To mark the date, both looking back on how and why Alabama found itself "staring down the barrel" of the NCAA's gun as well as examining whether Alabama football is better off having gone through the process, we present a multi-part package both in print and online.

Christopher Walsh dissects the sting of Alabama's NCAA punishment, as well as all that has happened since Feb. 1, 2002. He also tracks down the key players -- both on the field and off -- that were associated with Alabama, the NCAA, the SEC and beyond during that period. Cecil Hurt offers a unique commentary reflecting on probation and its effects. And various documents -- both public and unprecedented -- will be published again online.

All that appears in the Thursday, Feb. 1, 2007 edition of The Tuscaloosa News, and online at

David Wasson
aka = ESE D-Dub
Executive Sports Editor
The Tuscaloosa News

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