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High court agrees to hear Cottrell appeal

TUSCALOOSA (AP) — The state Supreme Court agreed to hear oral arguments in a lawsuit filed against the NCAA and a one-time recruiting analyst by former University of Alabama football coach Ronnie Cottrell, who asked the justices to reinstate a $30 million verdict.

A Tuscaloosa County jury awarded Cottrell $24 million in punitive damages and $6 million in compensatory damages in his complaint against recruiting analyst Tom Culpepper in 2005.

But Circuit Judge Steve Wilson ordered a new trial, saying the judgment was "obviously the result of passion, bias, prejudice, and emotions."

Both sides appealed, and the case is on the Supreme Court's docket for May 1.

"We think it's significant because the majority of cases are not granted oral arguments," plaintiff attorney Delaine Mountain told The Tuscaloosa News in a story Tuesday.

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