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NCAA upholds Florida State penalties

The NCAA today upheld penalties against Florida State that stem from an investigation into an academic cheating scandal.

Florida State must vacate wins involving ineligible athletes from the 2006-07 seasons. The sports impacted include football, men's and women's basketball, men's and women's swimming and diving, men's and women's track and field, men's golf, baseball and softball.

“The cooperative efforts of the university clearly did not outweigh the aggravating factors in this case – the nature, number, scope and seriousness of the violations," the NCAA said in a statement.

That means recently retired Florida State football coach Bobby Bowden will lose 14 wins from his career record. Bowden ended his career with 389 wins after a 33-21 win over West Virginia in the Gator Bowl on Jan. 1. Bowden finished his career as the second-most winning coach, five behind Penn State's Joe Paterno.

In additions to the lose of wins in those sports, Florida State will also be on probation for four years and have scholarship reductions.

Florida State appealed the original decision handed down by the NCAA on March 9, 2009.

New York Sports