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    Friday, June 26, 2009

    " Jeff got blamed for everything."

    "Jeff got blamed for everything. What he got butchered on, my dad needs to stand up, wave his hands and say, 'I'm the guy that was running that ship.'"
    Terry Bowden who is new head coach at North Alabama commenting on his father and Jeff Bowden who he just hired as a volunteer coach to his staff as quoted in Birmingham News

    Note: Jeff Bowden is currently being paid more than $107,500 annually by Seminole Boosters as part of an agreement made during the 2006 season to step down

    Thursday, June 25, 2009

    " It's worked out a lot better."

    "It's worked out a lot better. I still wish we had the $3.5 million. There's a lot of things that we are delaying ... But [the cuts] are not something you really see. It's just internal to us."
    FSU AD Randy Spetman regarding FSU athletic budget cuts for 2009-2010 which are less than anticipated as quoted in Orlando Sentinel

    Wednesday, June 24, 2009

    " The NCAA agenda in these types of cases has nothing to do with student privacy...."

    "The NCAA agenda in these types of cases has nothing to do with student privacy whatsoever. Their agenda is to maintain control of the information flow in NCAA cases and to cover up bad decisions."
    Don Jackson,a Montgomery, Ala.,lawyer as quoted in an article in Columbus Ohio The Columbus Dispatch discussing how NCAA skirts public record laws and bad decisions

    Tuesday, June 23, 2009

    Harris Suspended Indefinitely

    Bobby Bowden announced today that he has suspended sophomore linebacker Maurice Harris indefinitely following his Monday-night arrest.

    “We’re suspending Maurice Harris, indefinitely, beginning today until the matter has been resolved,” Bowden said.

    Harris Latest Nole To Be Arrested

    The Noles may want to consider moving their conditioning drills to the Leon County Jail given the number of players being arrested recently. The latest is weakside linebacker Maurice Harris who was arrested late Monday evening.

    Harris faces charges of grand theft, property crime (possession of a vehicle with altered numbers) and a traffic violation for attaching a registration and license plate not assigned to the vehicle. He’s being held on $3,500 bail.

    Monday, June 22, 2009

    " He's really picking up what he's supposed to do."

    " He's really picking up what he's supposed to do. He's running routes a lot. "
    FSU QB Christian Ponder regarding junior college transfer running back Tavares Pressley who tore his left ACL shortly into his first preseason camp at FSU last year as quoted in Tallahasssee Democrat

    Saturday, June 20, 2009

    "... hijacked by a misguided committee of pinheaded bureaucrats."

    " The legacy that Bobby Bowden has worked 50 good years to build and grow and earn is being hijacked by a misguided committee of pinheaded bureaucrats."
    Greg Cote of Miami Herald regarding NCAA vacating wins in FSU academic cheating scandal

    Tuesday, June 16, 2009

    NCAA Relents And Will Release Documents

    The Tallahassee Democrat is reporting that the NCAA has agreed to allow Florida State University to release documents in the university’s academic-misconduct case.

    According to the paper,"...Naima M. Stevenson, the NCAA’s director of legal affairs and assistant general counsel, informed Betty Steffens,FSU’s general counsel, that the school could release documents from the case so that FSU can comply with the state’s open records laws."

    " This action concerns a scheme created to avoid public access."

    "This action concerns a scheme created to avoid public access. The scheme developed by the NCAA and aided by FSU and its counsel is particularly insidious to Florida's constitutional and statuory guarantee of access to public records."
    Excerpts of 21-page lawsuit filed by Miami Herald and other news organizations regarding the NCAA keeping secret its response to FSU appeal in academic scandal case

    Monday, June 15, 2009

    Wetherell Set To Retire?

    The AP and ESPN are reporting that FSU president T.K. Wetherell will tell the school's trustees this week that he wants to retire. According to the reports, he will tell them of his intent at a meeting on Wednesday. It's routine for university presidents to give a year's notice or so to allow a replacement to be found.

    Can't say that I am surprised nor disappointed. I think Wetherell has been too much of an apologist for Bobby Bowden which has tainted the image of FSU.

    "... this is about Ponder."

    "The Noles have many unknowns, but, to repeat, this is about Ponder. If he's not up to the task, another middle-of-the-pack season could prompt Bobby Bowden into retirement."
    Lindy's magazine which predicts FSU will win the ACC Atlantic division in 2009 and finish No.18 in the nation

    Sunday, June 14, 2009

    2009 FSU Football Poster Now Available

    FSU football fans can now get their 2009 FSU football poster with the slogan "83,000 Strong".

    Thursday, June 11, 2009

    " Wetherell's athletic department has carefully fashioned a mentality of winning at all costs...."

    "Bull. Wetherell's athletic department has carefully fashioned a mentality of winning at all costs that has permeated to every corner. The NCAA must send a message that such a mentality must change immediately -- and it better start at the top."
    Sports columnist Neil Woelk of Colorado Daily Camera regarding FSU academic cheating scandal and NCAA response

    Wednesday, June 10, 2009

    " I had some problems with him (Trickett), with the way he treated me...."

    "I had some problems with him (Trickett), with the way he treated me and the way he talked to me."
    Former FSU guard Will Furlong regarding offensive lines coach Rick Trickett as quoted in Daytona Beach News-Journal

    Tuesday, June 09, 2009

    NCAA Grants FSU Additional Time For Rebuttal

    And who said the NCAA was made up of hypocritical and pompous old guys? The NCAA has granted Florida State an additional two weeks to file its rebuttal in the university’s ongoing academic fraud case. The NCAA Committee on Infractions responded last week to FSU’s original appeal, and the university was to originally have until June 17 to submit its rebuttal. Now because of the NCAA and its geneorosity, the university must submit its rebuttal by July 1.

    Monday, June 08, 2009

    " Right now I’ve got to give them a B-plus on their report card."

    “Right now I’ve got to give them a B-plus on their report card.They are doing a much better job in terms of accountability."
    FSU strength and conditioning coach Todd Stroud commenting on FSU receivers regarding their offseason work as quoted in Tallahassee Democrat

    Friday, June 05, 2009

    "... a 40-0 win in 1962 against Mexico National University."

    " Well, it does seem a little weird counting a 34-0 win in 1959 against the Tennessee Tech freshmen, a 60-0 win in 1961 over Memphis Navy, or (my personal favorite) a 40-0 win in 1962 against Mexico National University."
    Joe Henderson of Tampa Tribune discussing Bobby Bowden's 31 wins at Howard College (now Samford )

    Thursday, June 04, 2009

    " The NCAA doesn’t believe in such transparency."

    " The NCAA doesn’t believe in such transparency. The NCAA’s actions have placed Florida State in a strange position."
    Comments regarding NCAA response that was put on secure internet site and only allowed to be accessed by FSU counsel as quoted in Orlando Sentinel

    Tuesday, June 02, 2009

    NCAA Files Its Response

    As anticipated, the NCAA did file its response on Tuesday to an appeal from Florida State University regarding the academic-misconduct case that resulted in sanctions for the school's athletic department. The response from the NCAA will not be made public for two weeks or until FSU can prepare its rebuttal.

    FSU issued the following release:

    As expected, the response by the Committee on Infractions to Florida State University’s appeal of one of the penalties recommended in the academic misconduct case was submitted to the NCAA today (Tuesday). Florida State University was notified via attached correspondence that the submission had been filed.

    Florida State University also learned today that information from the Enforcement Staff and the Committee on Infractions is, by NCAA procedure, posted on a secure NCAA custodial website. The NCAA’s site does not allow for the submission to be downloaded or printed, nor will Florida State University be sent a paper copy. Florida State’s outside counsel will be able to access the NCAA’s secure website in a read only manner.

    Florida State University General Counsel Betty Steffens will work with FSU’s outside counsel to prepare a rebuttal to the response by the Committee on Infractions. The rebuttal, which FSU will make public with certain adjustments due to state and federal privacy laws, is due to the NCAA Appeals Committee by June 17, 2009.

    FSU Anticipates NCAA Response Today

    Odds and ends:

    The ongoing appeal of vacating wins by the NCAA is scheduled to take place today. That is the extended deadline for the NCAA Committee on Infractions' response to FSU's appeal. Once FSU receives the response, it has 15 days to file a rebuttal.


    FSU right guard Will Furlong has decided to transfer to North Alabama. Furlong, who started five games at right guard last season as a redshirt sophomore, has had a succession of injuries since first breaking his foot last October.

    USF has been given an additional 2,500 seats to sell for the Sept. 26 football game at Florida State. The original allotment was 5,000, but ticket sales have been going well for the first meeting between the two programs. Due to the economic crisis, FSU was more than willing to increase the allotment.