Report: Jameis Winston not talking to police


Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston reportedly will not talk to police regarding an ongoing investigation in to alleged sexual assault incident from last December. Winston has not been charged for any wrongdoing at this time but is merely a person of interest.

According to a story by Joe Schad of ESPN.com, Winston will use his right to not speak to authorities conducting the investigation. Winston had previously submitted a written statement regarding the incident. The police have yet to have a face-to-face conversation on record with the Seminoles quarterback despite the alleged incident taking place almost a year ago. Winston’s attorney was approached about the investigation in February. The state attorney just received the case this week and there is no timeline for when the investigation will conclude.

The timing of all of this creates a distraction for what ha generally been one of the more positive stories in college football this season. Winston’s charming charisma in leading the Seminoles this season has been uplifting and inspiring in a number of ways. This story will float a dark cloud over Florida State the rest of the year until the investigation completely clears Winston of any unlawful acts, but at this point in time there is no reason for that cloud to start raining on Florida State’s championship plans. Winston has not been charged, so there has been no reason for the school to issue any suspensions for violations of team rules or anything like that. Florida State officials have been aware of the investigation and will continue to monitor the situation as needed.

Winston is a Heisman Trophy favorite and a finalist for the Walter Camp Award. He is also leading Florida State to a potential second straight ACC championship and likely spot in the BCS Championship Game.

SEC shut out of AP top five for first time in half a decade

Stephen F. Austin visits Amon G. Carter Stadium to play the No. 3 TCU Horned Frogs.
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The polls are meaningless. Especially any poll that isn’t the College Football Playoff top 25 and even then, as the TCU learned late last season, even the penultimate ranking is as meaningless as the paper they’re metaphorically written on.

Still, they’re catnip to college football fans and observers. Place them in front of us and we can’t help but gnaw on them.

And with that said, a bit of milestone was reached in Sunday’s Associated Press Top 25, as the SEC was completely shut out of the top five.

That group breaks down as follows:

  1. Ohio State
  2. TCU
  3. Baylor
  4. Michigan State
  5. Utah

An SEC free top five hasn’t happened in nearly five full years; October 10, 2010 was the last time such a thing occurred. Oddly enough, two of the same five culprits occupied that ranking as well:

  1. Ohio State
  2. Oregon
  3. Boise State
  4. TCU
  5. Nebraska

Underscoring the lesson of the first paragraph, eventual national champion Auburn checked in at No. 6. Those Tigers moved up a spot the following week and never looked back.

None of this means anything at all, until it does. But that doesn’t mean we can’t have some fun along the way.

Georgia loses ILB Reggie Carter for the season

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After battling to get on the field throughout the season’s first five weeks, Georgia is shutting down inside linebacker Reggie Carter for the rest of the year, Dawgs head coach Mark Richt confirmed Sunday evening.

Carter fought shoulder problems throughout the year, and saw action in only one of Georgia’s first five games. A junior, Carter will be eligible for a medical redshirt.

The Snellville, Ga., native recorded 28 tackles in 12 appearances in 2014 and eight tackles in eight appearances as a freshman in 2013. UAB transfer Jake Ganus started in the spot many pegged to Carter before injure ruptured his season.

Carter totaled two stops in one appearance this season.