Fraud and Friction at Florida St. from Inside Higher Ed does an excellent job of countering the "poor Bobby" chorus.
To quote the article:
What the committee did focus on in the Florida State case was the fact that the situation presented one of the most widespread cases of cheating in the association's history. Three former members of the university's academic support team for athletes were found by a university investigation to have given improper academic assistance of various sorts -- including answers to exams in online courses and help in preparing papers for athletes considered to be learning disabled -- to a total of 61 athletes in 10 sports.
Florida State as an institution was a party to this cheating and should pay the price as as a group including Mr. Bowden.