Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

SEMINOLES NOTEBOOK; Bowden Sounds off about Academic Scandal

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

SEMINOLES NOTEBOOK; Bowden Sounds off about Academic Scandal

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Byline: BOB THOMAS

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - There were equal parts disappointment and dismay in Florida State football coach Bobby Bowden's voice Friday as he described the academic misconduct incident that led the university to suspend up to 25 players for Monday's Music City Bowl against Kentucky.

"I can't believe [it was] a music course," Bowden said of the online course - Music in Western Culture - where an unnamed tutor provided answers to approximately 50 student-athletes on a variety of teams.

"It's not physiology," Bowden added. "It's a music course, open book, online [test]. Anybody can pass an open book test. Gee whiz. But somebody's back there calling out answers, so you ask them: 'Did you get outside help? Yes, I did. Well, you can't play.'"

Student privacy laws prevent FSU from identifying the players left behind in Tallahassee for accepting assistance. What is known is that 36 players from the bowl media guide roster - 25 scholarship players and 11 walk-ons - weren't included on the Seminoles' travel roster. …

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