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Florida State president T.K. Wetherell apologizes for obscene remark about Samford

TALLAHASSEE — Florida State president T.K. Wetherell apologized for an obscene remark about football coach Bobby Bowden's former school.

Wetherell referred to Samford as a "dip - - - -'' school on Tuesday when answering a question about Bowden possibly losing as many as 14 wins as part of an NCAA penalty for the recent academic scandal.

Wetherell wrote Samford's president an apology Wednesday, saying he was embarrassed about the way he referred to the Birmingham, Ala., school, where Bowden had 31 of his 382 wins.

Former FSU employee to appeal over scandal

Brenda Monk, one of three former employees implicated in FSU's academic scandal, will appeal the findings of the NCAA Division I Committee on Infractions against her.

The committee ruled that she had committed fraud by having one basketball player input the answers for a teammate on a quiz in a sports psychology class. She admitted she made a "mistake" but vehemently denied it rose to the level of fraud. "What I'm saying is the evidence is insufficient to determine it was fraud," said her attorney, Brant Hargrove.

Monk, a Ph.D., was hired as a learning specialist and an assistant director in 2001 and resigned effective July 5, 2007.

Times staff writer Brian Landman contributed to this report.

Florida State president T.K. Wetherell apologizes for obscene remark about Samford 03/19/09 [Last modified: Thursday, March 19, 2009 9:03pm]
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