The investigation in to Jameis Winston and an alleged sexual assault may be over. According to The Tallahassee Democrat, an announcement on whether or not charges will be filed against Florida State’s quarterback may be revealed during an afternoon press conference on Thursday.
The state attorney’s office in Florida took over the case linking Winston to a sexual battery claim last month after local authorities failed to make any progress on the investigation. A DNA sample provided by the alleged victim was previously reported linking Winston to the woman making the claim without much room for doubt, although that is not enough alone to prove guilt.
Winston has remained an eligible player for Florida state throughout the recent investigation by the state attorney’s office. However, if charges are brought against Winston, it is likely he will be suspended quickly, making him unavailable for the ACC Championship Game this weekend against Duke. Charges being filed could also change the outlook for the Heisman Trophy this season, one that seems destined for Winston until anything changes that path. If Winston were to be ineligible for any amount of time, some may wonder how voters would look at Florida State as a potential BCS championship contender. Would a 13-0 Florida State without Winston still finish high enough in the BCS standings to advance to the BCS Championship Game.
Yes, they would, although that is far down on the list of priorities regarding such a serious case.
Rutgers wide receiver Leonte Carroo could have a charge of simple assault dropped by a New Jersey court today. The woman he is accused of slamming to the concrete has agreed to drop the restraining order request and has asked the assault charge against the Rutgers receiver be dropped as well. NJ.com reports today the woman and Carroo each appeared in a family court on Tuesday, and the woman told the judge she is not scared of Carroo.
So, what does this mean for football? Simply put, it means Carroo may be eligible to play again as soon as this weekend. That would be good timing, as Rutgers is set to host Michigan State this Saturday night.
Carroo has been sitting out while serving an indefinite suspension while this legal process plays out. Carroo has missed each of the last two games for Rutgers, against Penn State and Kansas. Rutgers was off this past weekend. If this legal process does play out as it is expected at this point, Carroo could be reinstated quickly and promptly, making him eligible to return right away. Carroo is one fo the best players on the roster, so having him back and eligible to play is very good news for the Scarlet Knights offense.
The recent flooding in the state of South Carolina has brought many dangers and concerns much more important than football with it, but this being a college football-focused website we must dive into the connection real life issues have with the sport from time to time. South Carolina is scheduled to host LSU in Columbia this Saturday, and that still appears to be the plan. Alternate plans have been discussed though, just in case they will be needed as the week unfolds.
The very concept of moving a college football game to another stadium is indeed a rare situation. It is not, however, completely without precedent. The 1942 Rose Bowl between Duke and Oregon State (my how the times have changed) was moved from Pasadena, California across the country to be played in Durham, North Carolina. This was out of fear of the west coast being attacked during World War II though. LSU’s Tiger Stadium has served as a home football stadium for a weather-related event in the past as well. The New Orleans Saints played four games in Baton Rouge after Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans and forced the Saints to play the entire 2005 season on the road.
Today is only Tuesday, so there is still some time to make sure Williams-Brice Stadium and the surrounding area is suitable for hosting the SEC contest this weekend. Odds are the game will be able to be played as scheduled, but safety for fans and teams involved is always the priority.