FSU loses 12 football wins, '07 track title

Updated: February 8, 2010, 11:35 AM ET
ESPN.com news services

Florida State will vacate athletic victories from 2006 and 2007, including 12 credited to former football coach Bobby Bowden, as part of its penalty for an academic fraud scandal in 2006-07 involving 61 student-athletes, the school announced.

Last month, the NCAA rejected Florida State's appeal of sanctions that affected Bowden and the football team plus nine other teams. The sanctions stemmed from a cheating scandal involving an online music course. The vacating of wins was the only penalty Florida State appealed.

The football team vacated five wins from the 2006 season, including the Emerald Bowl at the end of that season, and seven wins from 2007.

Bowden retired after the 2009 season with 389 wins over a 57-year career, the second-most in major college football behind Penn State's Joe Paterno. The penalty leaves him with 377 wins.

The university also gave up its 2007 NCAA Division I championship in men's track and field as well as NCAA tournament victories in women's basketball and baseball. It vacated 22 men's basketball wins from 2006-07, including two in the NIT; 16 women's basketball wins in 2006-07 and six more from 2007-08; and wins or meet placings in men's and women's cross country, men's and women's track and field, men's and women's swimming and diving, and men's golf.

Among the other victories vacated:

• Softball: 32 wins from 2006-07, including two from the ACC tournament.

• Baseball: four wins from 2006-07, including the NCAA tournament win.

• Men's indoor track and field: dropped from second to fourth place at NCAA championship.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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