The University of Alabama was put on three years' probation by the NCAA after major violations due to misuse of free textbooks. 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." Boy, do the administrators, boosters and staff at Alabama have that hard of a time following the rules? Apparently so. This is the second time this decade that Alabama has been placed on probation. The last time was in 2002 when Alabama was placed on probation for basketball violations. How can a major institution, with top-line athletics, continue to allow this poor behavior? When shortcuts are taken by people, or athletes, you risk ruining everything that's been placed in your bread basket. And for Alabama, once again, they've chosen not to follow the rules. Good for the NCAA; maybe this recent judgment on the Crimson Tide will knock some sense into them.