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.

Dismissed by ‘Cuse, Ashton Broyld lands at West Georgia

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A little over two months after getting the boot from Syracuse, Ashton Broyld has found himself a new college football home.

Multiple outlets have picked up on the fact that Broyld is now playing for Div. II West Georgia.  Broyld left the Orange listed as a running back, but is playing wide receiver according to the team’s official roster.

There was already a familiar face in the locker room upon Broyld’s arrival as Wayne Williams is playing defensive tackle for the Wolves.  Williams announced in late June that he had decided to transfer out of Scott Shafer‘s ‘Cuse program.

I checked in on them,” Shafer said of his two former players Thursday. “I’m happy to see those guys are still playing football.”

In 2013, Broyld led the team in both receptions (52) and receiving yards (452). Broyld was the Orange’s leading receiver through the first three games last season before a lower-leg injury caused him to miss eight of the last nine games.

In late July, Broyld was dismissed for violating unspecified team rules.

Vols ‘very confident there was no inappropriate conduct’ between Butch Jones, player

KNOXVILLE, TN - OCTOBER 11:  Head coach Butch Jones of the Tennessee Volunteers watches the action during a game against the Chattanooga Mocs at Neyland Stadium on October 11, 2014 in Knoxville, Tennessee.  (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
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In the midst of reports that he had a physical altercation with one of his Tennessee players during summer camp this year, Butch Jones labeled the speculation “absolutely ridiculous.”

Apparently, his bosses agree with the head coach.

At a board meeting Thursday, UT-Knoxville chancellor Jimmy Cheek stated that he and athletic director Dave Hart had done their “due diligence” in investigating the accusations that Jones and senior offensive lineman Mack Crowder were involved in some type of physical skirmish during practice this past August.  The end result of interviews with Jones, coaches and players was the conclusion that there was nothing to the reports and message-board rumors.

“There’s been a lot of rumor and misinformation on social media and message boards about an alleged incident during football practice,” Cheek said according to GoVols247.com‘s Wes Rucker. “It’s not our practice to respond to rumors, but I thought it was important to let you know that we’ve done our due diligence and Dave Hart and I are very confident there was no inappropriate conduct with any players or coaches.”

Shortly after Cheek spoke at the board meeting, Crowder took to Twitter with a series of missives that speaks around the issue.