Florida State: Unfair to punish Bowden

Updated: April 24, 2009, 9:00 AM ET
ESPN.com news services

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Florida State officials told the NCAA on Thursday it's unfair to penalize coach Bobby Bowden as part of the sanctions announced last month, resulting from an academic cheating scandal that involved dozens of athletes.

In a formal 28-page written appeal by a private attorney representing the school and dated April 23, the university said the penalty that included forfeits in football and nine other sports was too harsh.

"Even if this committee upholds the ...

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