Months after the public fallout between the University of Alabama and its largest donor of the past decade saw the return of more than $21 million in gifts, the system released a joint statement with Hugh Culverhouse Jr. framing the spat as the result of divergent views about the future of the law school.

This week, the system posted a brief statement on its website indicating the previous comments from both sides about the return of the gift were being withdrawn.

“The University of Alabama and Hugh Culverhouse Jr. agree that they had different views regarding the future of the University of Alabama School of Law,” the statement reads. “On that basis, the parties agreed to the University’s return of the Culverhouse donations for the benefit of the law school as well as reverting to the law school’s original name.

"All other statements made by either party regarding the decision to return Hugh Culverhouse, Jr.’s donations, or the removal of Hugh Culverhouse, Jr.’s name from the University of Alabama School of Law are withdrawn. This statement is the sole controlling statement by both parties regarding those matters, and neither party will issue any further statement as to the same.”

In June, the system’s board of trustees voted to return the $21.5 million given by Culverhouse toward a $26.5 million pledge to the university law school and remove his name from the law school, which was renamed after the Florida attorney and businessman in 2018. Culverhouse Jr. and his wife, Eliza, donated nearly $40 million to the university during the last decade.

At the time, the system said the move was prompted by Culverhouse’s attempts to interfere in the administration of the law school. It released a cache of email correspondence to support its claims. Culverhouse claimed that the gift’s return was because his calls for a boycott of the state and its institutions over a recently passed state law that bans nearly all abortions. Culverhouse used interviews with media, columns and ads to calls for a boycott of the state and UA.