TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - 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.
"We want to make sure that we have complete information, and
that we have dotted all the i's and crossed all the t's," said Lee
Hinkle, vice president of university relations. "It is premature
to say anything at this point."
Bowden had previously not answered questions following the
team's practices on the scandal that resulted in one full-time
academic adviser, Brenda Monk, and a student tutor losing their
jobs this summer.
The university reported its findings in a letter to the NCAA in
September after a six-month investigation by the school revealed at
least 23 athletes in various sports were implicated for cheating on
At least two Seminole football players already have been
penalized for their involvement. Defensive end Kevin McNeill missed
the season and wide receiver Joslin Shaw missed the first four
"Kentucky would be a tough opponent when we are at full
strength so clearly this will make things more difficult," Bowden
said. "Our staff is in the process of determining what adjustments
we must make for the game."
Bowden said he would not use any players redshirted this season
in the bowl game.