NCAA's Punishment Hard on FSU Fans

By: Blaine Tolison Email
By: Blaine Tolison Email

Many fans do not condone what has been going on with FSU athletes academically. However, most people we spoke with are not siding with the NCAA's punishment for the Noles.

The word spread fast around Nole nation - even across the air waves as radio talk show host Jeff Cameron spoke out. "The biggest part of this story is whether or not Bobby Bowden is going to have 14 wins taken off the win total, and it looks like the answer to that question is yes." said Cameron.

Although we don't know for sure, many signs point to Coach Bowden's winning record being affected. While many fans knew about the 61 players involved in the academic scandal, they were not prepared for the punishment handed down.

Suzanne Wisner, an FSU Fan said, "When you think of some of the really, really serious violations that happen in college athletics, I think that is overkill, I really do."

However, some fans believe FSU should not challenge the NCAA on the ruling. Jack Lustila, another FSU Fan said, "It's probably what it is, it could be worse. And if they comply, maybe they'll be able to get some of it off."

While FSU will be complying with the punishment, fans and those like Cameron feel that FSU willingness to come forward first should have meant more. "You submit that to the NCAA and I think the thought is, a little leniency would be appreciated. We didn't have to tell you."

The NCAA says FSU has 90 days to implement the terms set forth in its punishment. President T.K. Wetherell says much of it has already been implemented.

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