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NCAA: Bowden Vacates 14 Wins in NCAA Rejection

By Kristofor Molson     Jan 6, 2010 in Sports
The NCAA up holds its decision on the University of Florida States hearing about the school's athletic program cheating scandal.
The NCAA has upheld its decision to vacate up to 14 wins from former Florida State Coach Bobby Bowden. The University of Florida States' athletic program had a hearing about their cheating scandal. Bowden retired as major college football's second most winning coach with 389 wins after Florida State beat the West Virginia Mountaineers in the Konica Minolta Gator Bowl.
The NCAA could take wins away in as many as ten Florida State athletic programs, including possibly stripping Florida State of on of three straight NCAA track championships won between 2006 and 2008. The NCAA Infractions Appeals Committee said that over 61 Florida State athletes involved in the scandal failed to outweigh the aggravating factors in the case.
Twenty five football players were among the athletes who cheated on an online test in a music history course from the fall f 2006 through summer 2007 or received improper help from staffers who provided them with test answers. In its appeal, Florida State called the sanctions "excessive" and claimed the NCAA did not appropriately weigh its cooperation during the investigation. The school agreed to four years of probation and scholarship reductions. The university still must state which games ineligible players competed in to determine the number of wins and individual records that will be nullified.
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