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NCAA ruling indicates a turning Tide

Originally Published: June 11, 2009
By Ivan Maisel | ESPN.com

With the announcement Thursday that the NCAA has wrist-slapped Alabama for its textbook problem, the university's rehabilitation might be complete.

Not so long ago, the school didn't have a textbook problem. It was a textbook problem.

Here stood a two-time loser in NCAA court, a school that lost a total of 38 scholarships in two cases only seven years apart, a school that as recently as 2002 made the NCAA lawyers dust off the death penalty to see whether it fit Alabama's crimes.

Yet ...

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