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Florida State U. Accepts NCAA Penalties in Wide-Ranging Cheating Scandal

After fighting for nearly a year against NCAA penalties, Florida State University announced on Sunday that it would vacate wins and other records for its football and nine other teams from the 2006 and 2007 seasons, when the NCAA said 61 athletes benefited from an academic-fraud scheme. According to a report by the McClatchy Newspapers, Florida State told the NCAA it would give up a national title in men’s track and field. The university also forfeited a bowl-game victory and other games that had enabled the head coach, Bobby Bowden, to match Penn State’s coach, Joe Paterno, among the winningest coaches in college-football history. Florida State appealed the NCAA’s penalties, blaming the cheating scandal on a “rogue tutor,” but the appeal was rejected last month.

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