Plot Thickens in FSU Cheating Scandal

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) _ Thirty-six Florida State players won't be going to the December 31st Music City Bowl against Kentucky because of an academic cheating scandal, other violations of team rules or injuries.

Linebacker Dekoda Watson, cornerback Patrick Robinson, who had six interceptions, and three top defensive tackles were among the players sidelined.

They were sidelined either as a result of the ongoing investigation into an academic cheating scandal at the school or some other violation of team rules.

Associate athletic director Rob Wilson says it is very important that the media make clear that those missing the bowl trip are not include because of either injury or for a violation of team policy.

The school announced earlier this week that 25 of its players were included in its ongoing investigation of academic wrongdoing by the athletes.

It didn't identify which students.

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