Academic Cheating Scandal Could Leave FSU Without Top Players

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - An academic cheating scandal could leave Florida State without up to 25 top players when the Seminoles go against Kentucky in the Music City Bowl on December 31st.

School officials say that several athletes will be ruled ineligible for the bowl as well as games next season for their roles in a cheating scandal.

Federal privacy laws prohibit the school from releasing names.

Coach Bobby Bowden has not answered questions on the cheating scandal that resulted in one full-time academic adviser and a student tutor losing their jobs this summer.

The university reported its findings in a letter to the NCAA in September. A six-month investigation revealed at least 23 athletes in various sports were implicated for cheating on tests.

At least two Seminole football players already have been penalized for their involvement.

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