This was unacceptable to Wetherell, because that could cost good friend and Coach Bobby Bowden, who is presently No. 2 and falling further behind Penn State's Joe Paterno with every loss, in the all-time victories race, an estimated four victories from 2006, and an estimated seven victories from 2007. This would all but eliminate any chance of Bowden ever overtaking Paterno for the all-time wins record.
In addition, what many seem to forget is that also at stake is the 2007 men's outdoor track and field national championship.
"We figured we'd argue about (losing) scholarships. We figured we'd argue about the time of the probation. And that was fair game. And that's where everybody was supposed to go. Nobody ever laid out any of that other stuff (vacating wins).
"It's real simple. The thing's not that confusing. We would never have asked the kids to give up their rights, the same rights that other students who took that class had, if we knew (the Committee on Infractions) would go in that direction.""What you're telling a university (is that) when somebody commits a violation, whatever that violation is, they're guilty at that point," Wetherell said. "You may not find out about it until after the season, when grades come out or somebody tells or the court does something. …
"You can't put that toothpaste back in the tube. You do what we did. You try to fix it and move on."
"What I hope to accomplish is demonstrate what I've said in writing, that the evidence does not support the finding of academic fraud."
A) If FSU should win and gets the vacating of wins decision reversed, the IAC could remand back to the COI, which have been quoted as saying the scholarship reductions would have been "more stringent" were it not for the vacating-of-wins penalty. Additional scholarship losses could very well be devastating to our football program. If FSU were to lose more scholarships, this would probably force FSU to appeal again.
2) If FSU should lose, there could be lawsuits. Wetherell has rattled off potential issues, including that athletes gave up their due-process rights by agreeing to a deal that was portrayed to them as a one-shot solution.
This whole fiasco has now turned into a never ending saga and a vicious circle.