Late Friday, Florida State finally found out what their penalties will be for the “tutorgate” scandal. The NCAA came down hard on ten sports (football, men and women’s basketball, men and women’s track and field, baseball, softball, men and women’s swimming, and men’s golf) with these sanctions: vacating a number of wins from the 2006 and 2007 season, a reduction of scholarships, and four years probation. One thing we can be sure of is that Bobby Bowden’s quest to become the all-time winningest coach is now over since the football team has to forfeit those games where “ineligible” players participated. The track team is expected to lose their national title over this as well.
Dennis Thomas, from the NCAA said that FSU did a great job “cooperating with the enforcement staff in accumulating all of the information that was required”. FSU president T.K. Wetherell said there is one sanction he does not agree with. Here is what he said:
We just don’t understand the sanction to vacate all wins in athletics contests in which ineligible student-athletes competed because we did not allow anyone who we knew was ineligible to compete. Our position throughout the inquiry was that as soon as we knew of a problem, they didn’t play.
Now, he does have a point but I doubt he wins with this one. It will be interesting to see how things play out. FSU’s probation ends March 5, 2013.