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NCAA Upholds Fla. State Penalty: Up To 14 Wins To Be Stripped From Bowden

Saying that "the nature, scope and seriousness of the violations" required taking disciplinary action, the NCAA Division I Committee on Infractions announced this morning that it has affirmed a broad set of penalties on Florida State University that include wiping from the record books up to 14 wins from 2006 and 2007 by now-retired coach Bobby Bowden's football team.

Bowden, who stepped down last month, had ended his career with 389 victories — second among Division I coaches to Penn State's Joe Paterno and his 394.

The NCAA's record books, based on today's ruling, will now show Bowden with 375 wins. The association found violations in the school's 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 programs.

The NCAA says the problems included:

Academic fraud affecting more than 60 student-athletes across 10 sports. ... Impermissible benefits, unethical conduct by three former academic support services staff members and a failure to monitor by the university.

Along with the wiped-out-wins, the penalties will include four years of probation and a reduction in the number of sports scholarships the school can offer.

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