NCAA Stands By Penalty Requiring Florida State to Forfeit Football Victories

June 18, 2009

The National Collegiate Athletic Association has rejected Florida State University’s appeal of a penalty that requires the university to forfeit victories in football and nine other sports because of academic misconduct by athletes, The Tallahassee Democrat and other news organizations reported today after Florida State released a transcript of the association’s response.

The NCAA’s Division I Committee on Infractions imposed that penalty and others on Florida State in March after an investigation of an academic-cheating scandal involving 61 athletes who competed while ineligible in 2006 and 2007. The university had protested only the victory-forfeiting penalty, while accepting the NCAA’s findings and other sanctions. (See the Tallahassee newspaper’s article for a lengthy description of Florida State’s arguments against the penalty and the infractions committee’s responses.)

The case is far from over, however. Florida State has until July 1 to file a rebuttal, after which the NCAA can file another report — and Florida State will be allowed to respond to that. The university’s president, T.K. Wetherell, vowed to pursue all appeal opportunities with the NCAA “before going anywhere else.”

“This committee is just wrong,” he told the Associated Press. —Charles Huckabee