The final decision on whether or not charges will be brought against Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston for his alleged role in a sexual assault case probably won’t come until after the ACC title game, according to a report on Tuesday from CBSSports.com.
The State Attorney’s Office probably needs the next two weeks or longer before deciding whether to bring charges against the Florida State quarterback, assistant state attorney of the Second Judicial Circuit Georgia Cappleman told CBSSports.com on Tuesday.
“It’s mostly likely (after next week),” Cappleman said.
The state attorney is waiting on evidence that hasn’t yet arrived, said Cappleman, who declined comment on specifics of the investigation.
Heisman votes are due on Monday, Dec. 9, two days after the ACC title game, so that means Winston could potentially head to New York as a Heisman finalist later that week with a felony charge in tow and the ballots already cast.
What’s more, Florida State could secure a spot in the BCS title game before poll voters know Winston’s ultimate fate. If Winston is charged, he will likely be suspended by FSU until the case is resolved. That means the Seminoles could be headed to Pasadena with a third-string quarterback, freshman Sean Maguire, as their starter.
This would be the ultimate nightmare scenario for the BCS powers-that-be, not to mention the Heisman Trust.