23 FSU Players Suspended for Bowl Game

Footballers will miss Music City Bowl for suspected cheating

By Doug Sweeney,  Newser Staff

Posted Dec 18, 2007 10:31 PM CST

(Newser) – Twenty-three Florida State football players suspected of receiving help with an online exam are expected to be suspended for the Seminoles bowl game against Kentucky. Coach Bobby Bowden did not explicitly mention the issue in a press conference, but did admit that some players will not be traveling to the game, and that his staff was making the necessary adjustments, reports the Tallahassee Democrat.

The underclassmen involved in the suspected cheating will most likely be suspended for the first three games of next season, although the exact punishment has not been decided on by the NCAA. Eleven of the suspended players have starting experience. A school official noted that not all players deemed ineligible for the bowl are involved in the cheating incident.

Florida State football coach Bobby Bowden watches during the first half of a college football game against  Wake Forest in Winston-Salem, N.C., in this Oct. 11, 2007 file photo.  An academic cheating scandal could leave Florida State without as many as 25 players when the Seminoles go against Kentucky...
Florida State football coach Bobby Bowden watches during the first half of a college football game against Wake Forest in Winston-Salem, N.C., in this Oct. 11, 2007 file photo. An academic cheating...   (Associated Press)
Florida State football coach Bobby Bowden speaks at news conference in this Feb. 7, 2007 file photo. An academic cheating scandal could leave Florida State without as many as 25 players when the Seminoles go against Kentucky in the Music City Bowl on Dec. 31.
Florida State football coach Bobby Bowden speaks at news conference in this Feb. 7, 2007 file photo. An academic cheating scandal could leave Florida State without as many as 25 players when the Seminoles...   (Associated Press)
Florida State coach Bobby Bowden argues with an official during the first half of a college football game against Wake Forest in Winston-Salem, N.C., Thursday, Oct. 11, 2007. School officials said Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2007, that several athletes will be ruled ineligible for the bowl as well as games...
Florida State coach Bobby Bowden argues with an official during the first half of a college football game against Wake Forest in Winston-Salem, N.C., Thursday, Oct. 11, 2007. School officials said Tuesday,...   (Associated Press)
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