Long wait ahead for Bowden, FSU fans

Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich

Florida State fans will have a long wait until the NCAA reaches its final verdict on whether or not the Seminoles will have to vacate 14 football wins, one of several sanctions resulting from an academic fraud case that tainted 10 sports in which 61 ineligible athletes competed during 2006 and 2007.

According to attorney Bill E. Williams, this could drag on into the season.

"The final decision won't be made until considerably later in the year," Williams said on Tuesday. " ... We probably won't have our oral argument until the end of the summer, and it wouldn't surprise me to see it run into the fall before we get a final decision. That will be into football season, my guess is. They could surprise us and rule earlier than that, but it could be into the football season before a decision is finally made."

Williams said he is expecting a response from the NCAA next Tuesday regarding Florida State's appeal of the sanction to vacate wins, but that response won't be the final decision. It's more like the next step in a written argument. FSU will have the next move, and in 15 days submit a rebuttal.

"All of these written documents get filed, and then there is an oral argument where everybody appears before the infractions appeals committee and makes their case," Williams said. "Only after that will the final decision be made."