Academic Cheating Scandal Rocks Florida State Seminoles …25 Football Players Involved and Will Miss the Music City Bowl Against Kentucky


If you were planning on picking Florida State over the Kentucky Wildcats in the CheatersMusic City Bowl, you may want to rethink that choice. At least 25 FSU Seminole players will be suspended for the game after their involvement in an academic cheating scandal. FSU had earlier reported to the NCAA in September an investigation by the school revealed at least 23 athletes in various sports were implicated for cheating on tests. Obviously, that was only the tip of the sugar coated iceberg.

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.

“We have some players not traveling for one reason and some for another, including those who are ineligible for the bowl because of academic issues,” coach Bobby Bowden said in a statement released by the university Tuesday.

Bowden put the number of players involved in the 25-player range. Many of the players could also be ruled ineligible for some games next season for their connection to the cheating scandal earlier this year.

Federal privacy laws prohibit the school from releasing names.

Fla. St. shaken by fraud scandal

Stink of FSU academic fraud sticks to Bowden

The FSU players allegedly were given answers. They had papers written for them. In other words, pure, unadulterated cheating — of a sort that could not be mitigated by an athlete’s cruelly long odds in life or a family’s good intentions.

And the rest of us can start to wonder about — or choose to ignore — the pervasiveness in big-time college athletics of Internet courses as a means to push bad students through the system. Not that all Internet courses, or all student-athletes, are phony, although I am more suspicious in general of the former.

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    6 Responses to “Academic Cheating Scandal Rocks Florida State Seminoles …25 Football Players Involved and Will Miss the Music City Bowl Against Kentucky”

    1. James on December 19th, 2007 1:22 pm

      Similarly @ Grambing State University [Grambling, Louisiana]
      back many years ago it was discovered that the teachers/professors were changing grades for athletes to keep them “eligible” for team sports. The Louisiana Board of Regents for the colleges and universities asked all schools in the state to respond if they were using this illegal practice. All replied and it was published in newspapers and on TV. None but Grambling State University was engaging in this grade changing.

      I went to Louisiana Tech University back then. LTU is 10 miles from Grambling. LTU is the home of Terry Bradshaw & Karl Malone among others.

      While attending a Sociology Course I noticed Athletic Dept Coaches & Assistants standing @ the doorway of the classroom to make certain all players of sports who were taking that class actually showed up for the class.

      I’m not pointing fingers @ anyone or any school but this thing to me is the equivalent, on a different level, of prosports ‘roiding up to make records, perform better, and make big $$$. Wrong wrong wrong & equals fake athlete & fake records.

    2. jhawks on December 19th, 2007 1:55 pm

      Couldn’t happen to a nicer team!!!

    3. Firefly on December 19th, 2007 2:05 pm

      Hi James – great insight. I was going to say that I was glad that the school was taking action against the football team instead of sweeping it under the rug; and your examples further exemplify that. I too was a varsity athlete and received special treatment from the school; everything from fixed grades, paper extensions and retaking of exams to not having to be on Academic Probation, even if the grades suggest that you should be. People thought that I was crazy to not take such valuable opportunities and run with them, but it is just plain old cheating. I think that if the athletes were trying to play the system then they SHOULD be punished.

      I am currently the coach of a varsity team and if any of my players cheated, then they would need to recognize the faults with that, not just on the small scale but also the larger scale (it’s really about values….)

    4. noticed on August 11th, 2008 12:18 am

      I’ve noticed that each year more and more students from India enter American Electrical Engineering Masters degree programs and simultaneously less and less Americans students are pursuing masters degrees. From my experience this deline in American enrollment is exhacerbated by the fact that Americans often find themselves out numbered by Indians that are notorious for cheating in mass. Many University’s Engineering Dept. are competing for rankings which are partially based on the number of masters degrees awarded, thus they have a motive for handing out more diplomas and thus many faculty are complacent when they witness academic dishonesty. UTA NMSU and ASU are some of the worse campuses for this effect. Consider looking up the enrollement numbers for these schools engineering departments, and the demographis for the advanced degree recipients… in some cases over 80% are from India. Imagine sitting in a classroom in the U.S. of A. and having 80% of your classmates being Indian!! Good luck competing with master cheaters.

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