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The W - Football - Why is Alabama eligible for the BCS title game?
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OK, I first saw this in this blog post:

    It appears that either the USA Today Coaches poll members must re-vote in order to recalculate the final BCS standings, OR The National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame, Inc. should move up the University Cincinnati’s football team to play the University of Texas football team in the BCS Championship game.

    At the bottom of the AFCA page with the Coaches Votes it specifically states:

    “The AFCA prohibits coaches from voting for schools on major NCAA probation.”

    And I think it is very clear they are on “major” probation due to a textbook scandal.

    Even though they appealed, the infractions are not set aside per below NCAA Bylaw:

    32.10.2 – Determinations of fact and violations arrived at by the Committee on Infractions shall not be set aside on appeal.

    Based on these circumstances, the University of Alabama football team is required receive 0 (zero) points from the USA Today Coaches poll, giving them a recalculated BCS average of 0.6656, thus moving them down to number 8 on the BCS final standings

Here's the text of the second link, an AP story stating Alabama has been placed on probation:

    TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) - The NCAA placed Alabama's football program and 15 other of the school's athletic teams on three years probation for major violations due to misuse of free textbooks.

    The NCAA's Committee on Infractions said Thursday the football team must forfeit an unspecified number of wins in which any of seven players took part during 2005-2007. The university identified the seven as "intentional wrongdoers."

    The NCAA said that 201 student-athletes in the 16 sports, including men's basketball, obtained "impermissible benefits" by using their scholarships to obtain free textbooks for other students. It also found the university guilty of "failure to monitor."

    The university was ordered to pay a $43,900 fine, close to the total value of the books.

So why is this happening? It all seems black and white to me, but I have a hard time believing this has gone unnoticed. I can find nothing to suggest the probation has been dropped.
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Because major probation means postseason ban, and Alabama is not banned from postseason. "Major" =/= major.


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