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Jameis Winston reportedly being investigated for sexual assault

Jameis-Winston-Florida-StateWith the way Florida State is rolling, the last thing they need is legal trouble surrounding their most valuable player. Redshirt freshman quarterback Jameis Winston has taken the nation by storm, demolishing everything in his path and putting the Seminoles in position to contend for a BCS National Championship. On Wednesday, TMZ reported that Winston is currently being investigated for sexual assault.

Law enforcement sources reportedly told TMZ that a woman filed a sexual assault complaint against Winston with the Tallahassee Police Department on Dec. 7, 2012. The woman claimed that the attacker used “physical force” and that the motive for the crime was “sexual gratification.” The victim also claimed alcohol was involved before the incident took place.

According to TMZ, the police report states that police were called at 4:01 a.m. on the day in question. Photos were taken of the alleged victims injuries and physical evidence was reportedly collected. The incident report, which can be read at Deadspin, does not mention Winston by name and describes the suspect as between 5-foot-9 and 5-foot-11 and 240 pounds. Florida State’s athletic media guide lists Winston as 6-foot-4 and 218 pounds.

Florida State athletic director Rob Wilson said in a statement that there has been no change to Winston’s status and that neither the team nor Winston will be commenting on an open investigation.

“Because the investigation has not been closed by TPD, we cannot comment further at this time,” the statement said, according to The Tallahassee Democrat. “We look forward to a speedy resolution of the issue. … Coach (Jimbo) Fisher and Jameis will be answering questions about football only until there is a resolution

TMZ reported that Winston has already been interviewed by investigators, but Tallahassee attorney Tim Jansen said that is not true.

“This case has been going on for over a year. The case was basically closed and we’re not sure why it’s opened up,” Jansen said. “We’ve been cooperating with the law enforcement agencies and we’re hoping to get a quick resolution in favor of Mr. Winston.”

This is certainly a situation worth monitoring, as Winston has become arguably the biggest story in college football this season and is a definite Heisman Trophy candidate.

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Jameis Winston: Miami can be ‘big brother’ in FSU-Miami rivalry

Jameis Winston does not wear contact lenses when playing, was squinting

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Jameis Winston is a fantastic quarterback despite not having his best vision when he plays football.

When Florida State played Miami on Saturday in Tallahassee, one of the side-stories the ABC announcers kept mentioning was how Winston does not wear his contact lenses when he plays. Winston apparently wears contacts the rest of the time but does not like to wear them when he plays.

Throughout the game, Winston could be seen struggling to read the play calls from his coaches on the sidelines. He was shown repeatedly squinting.

If he struggles to see play calls on the sidelines, you have to wonder how sharp his vision is making reads down the field.

As someone who had poor vision before getting LASIK surgery, I can tell you my vision always got drastically worse at night, so I imagine that must be the case with Winston. If he doesn’t like wearing contacts when he plays, maybe he should consider getting surgery or — gasp! — bringing back the Eric Dickerson goggles!

If Winston does get contacts for games, he would be following the lead of a Boston Red Sox player who did and then had success in the World Series.

GIF via SB Nation

Jameis Winston says Miami Hurricanes can be the big brother in rivalry

Jameis WinstonFlorida State and Miami are both undefeated entering Saturday’s game between the teams in Tallahassee, but there’s no doubt who’s expected to win. The Seminoles are favored by 21 points, which is the largest spread for two top-10 teams meeting this late in the year since 1980, per pregame.com. Even though FSU is favored by a large margin in the game, Winston is deferring to the Canes’ historical edge in the series in giving them respect.

Speaking at a press conference on Wednesday ahead of the big game, Winston said Miami can be the big brother in the series.

“It’s more of like a brotherly game,” Winston said of the game. “Miami is obviously down south and it’s a big rivalry. But it’s like we’re going to be in the backyard playing against each other and we want to beat our brother. If they want to be the big brother we want to be the little brother. It’s still a friendly competition.”

The ‘Noles have won the last three meetings and six of the last eight between the teams, but Miami leads all time 31-26 and has five national championships compared to FSU’s two. That’s probably why Winston says Miami can be the big brother.

Note: A previous version of this post incorrectly transcribed Winston’s words as “beat the little brother” when he said “be the little brother,” which is the complete opposite. Winston was respecting Miami’s history in the rivalry rather than disrespecting it. We apologize for the error and creating the perception that Winston slighted Miami when he didn’t.

Jameis Winston girlfriend is Breion Allen, a Rice basketball player

Jameis Winston girlfriend Breion Allen

Jameis Winston has become one of the top quarterbacks in college football, and his girlfriend is also a notable athlete.

Winston’s girlfriend is Breion Allen, who is a sophomore guard at Rice University. Allen is from Hoover, Alabama, while Winston is from nearby Bessemer and went to Hueytown for high school.

The two have been together since at least their senior year of high school. A 2011 Al.com feature on Winston discussed Jameis’ first name and noted that Allen was one of the few people who called him “Jameis.” Mostly everyone else called him “Jaboo,” leading Winston to note that most people in town probably didn’t even know his real name. In that article, Winston said he wanted everyone to call him Jaboo, but apparently something changed because the national media calls him “Jameis.”

Allen averaged 2.1 points in 9.4 minutes per game as a true freshman last season. She was named to the Conference USA honor roll. Similarly, Winston achieved a 4.0 GPA in high school and has been lauded for his smarts off the field.

Jameis redshirted last season but has been one of the best quarterbacks in the country this season. Additionally, he was a stud baseball player and drafted by Texas Rangers in the 15th round last year. He could throw a football 73 yards in 10th grade, was clocked at 92-93 mph on his fastball in high school, and he ran a 6.59 in the 60. He also hit .424 with seven home runs as a senior. He batted .235 in 41 games for the Seminoles as a freshman last season and posted a 3.00 ERA in 27 innings.

Though Winston and Allen are far apart during college, they appear to have remained close. Winston hasn’t tweeted since early August, but one of those Twitter exchanges were with Breion.

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Mack Brown defends decision to not aggressively recruit Jameis Winston

Jameis-Winston-Florida-StateFlorida State quarterback Jameis Winston created a headache for Texas coach Mack Brown with a comment he made after his dominating performance against Pittsburgh on Monday night. Simply put, the freshman claims he would be playing for the Longhorns right now if they had offered him a scholarship.

A Texas source reportedly told CBSSports.com’s Bruce Feldman that Winston did not seem all that interested in the school. During an appearance on “Rome” Tuesday afternoon, Brown took the same stance.

“He’s a great player and we would have liked to have had him, so let’s get that straight,” the Texas coach began. “Alabama (where Winston is from) is not a hotbed for Texas recruiting, and Alabama and Auburn were winning national championships at that time.”

Brown then went on to explain how Texas was going through staff changes at the time and transitioning between offensive coordinators. Texas was coming off a 5-7 season in 2010, which Brown says could have resulted in a little “turmoil” that left the Longhorns behind in the process.

“I had someone that was very close to the situation that I really, really trusted that knew exactly what was going on,” he said. “I said, ‘Should we bring him in?’ They said absolutely not. It’s a two-horse race. It’s down to Florida State, who he’s committed to, and Alabama. You’re not going to be able to get in it, so you just need to stay out of it. And that’s what we did.”

While we have to see more from Winston before labeling him a Heisman Trophy candidate, Texas fans have to be irritated at the thought of their rebuilding team not pursuing a stud quarterback who claims the Longhorns were one of his top choices. Perhaps Winston would have gone to FSU anyway and is just angry Texas didn’t show more interest. We’ll probably never know.

Jameis Winston wanted to go to Texas, Longhorns weren’t interested?

Jameis-Winston-Florida-StateFlorida State freshman quarterback Jameis Winston burst onto the scene in a huge way in his first career collegiate game on Monday night. The 18-year-old completed an incredible 25-of-27 passes for 356 yards and four touchdowns in a blowout win over Pittsburgh. He did not turn the ball over.

The performance left many assuming Winston must have had his choice of college programs when making his decision last year, but that was not the case. After the big win, Winston admitted he wanted to go to Texas.

“I’m an OU fan but I always wanted to go to Texas,” he said, via ESPN’s Brett McMurphy. “If I’d gotten offer from Texas I’d be going to Texas right now”

So what happened? Bruce Feldman of CBSSports.com said he was told by a Texas source on Tuesday that Longhorns representatives contacted Winston’s high school coach and got the impression that he was not all that interested in going to Texas. Based on what Winston said Monday, that doesn’t make any sense.

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