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NCAA takes 14 wins from Bowden

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - The NCAA has upheld its decision to vacate up to 14 victories from former football coach Bobby Bowden as part of Florida State's penalty in an academic cheating scandal.

Bowden retired as major college football's second most winning coach with 389 wins after Florida State's 33-21 Gator Bowl victory against West Virginia, Jan. 1. Penn State's Joe Paterno, who is still coaching, has 394 wins.

The 80-year-old Bowden was in California on Tuesday to present a Fellowship of Christian Athletes award named after him and not available to comment.

University officials, however, said they were surprised and disappointed by the NCAA decision.

"We believed that our administration did everything it possibly could to ferret out any and all improprieties in this matter," Florida State athletics director Randy Spetman said.

The NCAA could take wins away in as many as 10 Florida State athletic programs, including possibly stripping Florida State of one of three consecutive NCAA track championships won between 2006-2008.

Tuberville interviewing with Texas Tech officials. Former Auburn coach Tommy Tuberville is meeting with Texas Tech officials as they search for a new head coach.

Texas Tech athletics department spokesman Chris Cook said that Tuberville will visit with university and athletic department administrators. Interim coach Ruffin McNeill has also had talks with school officials.

Tuberville stepped down at Auburn in December 2008, ending a 10-year tenure that included a perfect season.

Florida hires Drayton, Durkin as assistant coaches. Florida's unsettled coaching staff is starting to take shape, with Stan Drayton and D.J. Durkin accepting assistant coaching positions. Drayton is returning to Gainesville as running backs coach. Durkin comes to Florida as linebackers coach.

Draft entries. Oklahoma cornerback Dominique Franks has decided to enter the NFL draft, forgoing his senior year. Franks was selected to the All-Big 12 second team last season. ... Defensive end Thaddeus Gibson will forgo his final year at Ohio State. Gibson led the team with 13 tackles for losses this season, including four sacks. ... Georgia junior safety Reshad Jones will enter the NFL draft. Jones led Georgia with four interceptions this season. He was second on the Bulldogs with 73 tackles. ... North Carolina State running back Toney Baker is giving up his sixth year of eligibility to enter the NFL draft. He finishes his college career with 2,045 yards rushing.

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