It has been rumored to be coming for a few days now, but finally the NCAA has released its punishment on Florida State for academic fraud. Football was included with 10 other sports at Florida State where student-athletes received improper benefits from tutors and supports staff. Those other sports were baseball, men's track and field, women's track and field, men's swimming, women's swimming, men's basketball, women's basketball, softball and men's golf.
Some of the punishments include four years probation, scholarship reductions in football; men's and women's basketball; men's and women's swimming; men's and women's track and field; baseball; softball; and men's golf, and vacating all wins in sports where any of the 61 student athletes participated in. This brings up an interesting scenario since football is one of those sports, does Bobby Bowden have those wins stripped from his record?
I would have to think so, but in the past, teams who have had to vacate wins lobbied to have the coach keep the wins on his record, see Bob Stoops. The Seminoles won 7 games each year in 2006 and 2007 which would lower Bowden's win total from 382 to 368. Florida State has 15 days to appeal these measures. To read the full detailed report you can click here.