AP source: Florida State loses NCAA appeal

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A person familiar with the decision says the NCAA has rejected Florida State’s appeal to overturn a penalty taking wins away from its athletic teams because of an academic cheating scandal.

The ruling could cost former football coach Bobby Bowden 14 of his 389 career victories.

A university official said the school was notified Tuesday its appeal of the sanctions won’t be allowed. The official requested anonymity since the school had not formally released its response.

Florida State still must certify which games ineligible players competed to determine the number of wins and individual records that will be nullified.

Bowden retired after Florida State’s Gator Bowl victory on New Year’s Day.