Friday, February 15, 2008


Florida State University officials Thursday proposed a series of penalties, including scholarship reductions in several sports, because of academic misconduct.

Officials looking into alleged academic fraud at Florida State recommended two years of probation and loss of scholarships proportional to the various sports' involvement with the incident, the Tallahassee (Fla.) Democrat reported.

A breakdown of sports involved wasn't available but 25 football players have been given game suspensions in relation to the investigation.
Florida State President T.K. Wetherell said the results of the internal investigation would be sent to the NCAA, which was expected to carry out its own probe which could result in additional penalties.

The school's investigation began last March when a student-athlete reported to officials that a "learning specialist" told him to take an online test for another athlete and then provided answers for the test.

The report Thursday said 50 student-athletes were found to be involved.

The South Florida Sun-Sentinel said the school's report suggested the firing of the learning specialist and a tutor and personnel changes in the athletics department's academic support department.

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