It wasn’t hard to see this train coming. The flap between the University of Alabama and sports artist Daniel Moore isn’t exactly going UA’s way. Even if they win the case, they lose from a public relations standpoint.

The feedback is overwhelmingly in Moore’s favor, with a few people chiming in on UA’s behalf. Sportswriters are treating the “Crimson A” like a new Scarlet Letter.

All of this apparently hit the newsstands about the time the new Alabama Alumni magazine hit mailboxes. And who did the Jesters of Irony place on the cover?

Now comes the latest salvo: Moore’s refusal to pay royalties is costing students their scholarships. (Will that message really play with a hardcore fanatic audience that allegedly doesn’t care about graduation rates and academics?)