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What’s next for Jameis Winston, Florida State?

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From a football standpoint, the impact of Jameis Winston not being charged with sexual assault is a secondary-at-best concern. As Willie Meggs cracked wise during a press conference Thursday announcing the findings of his investigation, though, three things became clear:

– Jameis Winston will not be charged with sexual assault.

– Jameis Winston will almost certainly win the Heisman Trophy.

– Florida State will almost certainly go to the BCS Championship.

CBS Sports’ Jeremy Fowler may have put it best: “Winston probably wins Heisman, but nobody won here. At all.”

Whether Winston is innocent wasn’t Meggs’ job to decide, and it’s only known by two people: Winston and the accuser. For the purposes of this space, though, we’ll delve into the less-meaningful stuff — bullet points two and three.

The general consensus is that, because Winston won’t be charged with a crime, he’ll win the Heisman Trophy. There’s little question Winston has been the best football player at the college level this year. He’s averaged 290 passing yards per game with 35 touchdowns to eight interceptions, powering Florida State to the brink of a BCS Championship berth.

The elite quarterback of an undefeated team? That guy wins the Heisman just about every time.

Perhaps Jordan Lynch gets a swell of support from the Midwest, where his MAC exploits have been on full display. But it probably won’t be enough, and there’s not another serious challenger out there.

Then there’s the matter of the ACC Championship, in which Florida State faces No. 20 Duke. Florida State is a four-touchdown favorite and has won 11 of its 12 games by at least 27 points. Duke’s best wins are over mid-level ACC teams in Miami and Virginia Tech, and none of the 10 teams it beat currently rank in the BCS top 25.

It would take an absolutely monumental effort for Duke to beat Florida State on Saturday in Charlotte. Just because it’s a conference championship doesn’t preclude scores like this.

Come Saturday, Florida State will likely secure a place in the BCS Championship. A week later, Jameis Winston will likely hoist the Heisman Trophy.

But, again, those are secondary impacts to everything else stemming from Thursday’s announcement.

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23 Responses to “What’s next for Jameis Winston, Florida State?”
  1. suprmous says: Dec 5, 2013 4:29 PM

    Before makin snap judgment(s) I wish Winston all the luck in the World no matter what happens with him and the Heisman along with his decision(s) on what path he chooses. He does have talent and hopefully that talent will provide him success. Good luck young man and may you find much success in your life.

  2. dryzzt23 says: Dec 5, 2013 4:33 PM

    I do not respect a man that puts himself in a dishonorable position and then lies about it.

    I hope the Heisman voters consider this guys lack of integrity and give it to Lynch.

  3. 8to80texansblog says: Dec 5, 2013 4:35 PM

    “The elite quarterback of an undefeated team? That guy wins the Heisman just about every time.”

    We place far too much emphasis on W/L record. It should be the most outstanding player, not the best player on the best team.

  4. jhagman99 says: Dec 5, 2013 4:41 PM

    “I do not respect a man that puts himself in a dishonorable position and then lies about it.”

    When did he lie about it? Evidence? Source?

    And when you were 19, you were a pure little gentleman, I take it?

  5. CBFAN says: Dec 5, 2013 4:47 PM

    He obviously put himself in a bad situation. Character should be considered for the Heisman honor.

  6. afrancis55 says: Dec 5, 2013 4:48 PM

    What’s next for Jameis? As I mentioned on a story yesterday, he will lead FSU against Auburn in Pasadena, In what will be the best national championship ever, better than USC/Texas.

  7. mauldawg says: Dec 5, 2013 4:50 PM

    Here’s hoping Winston never plays another down of football. Wonder how much money changed hands. I will never understand why football players that are thugs and punks always seem to be above the law. Things have a way of coming back to make things right.

  8. afrancis55 says: Dec 5, 2013 4:51 PM

    And for those wanting the heisman to consider character, sadly, it won’t happen. If they award it to guys like Manziel, Newton, and Ingram, they’ll award it to anyone.

  9. teambringitstrong says: Dec 5, 2013 4:53 PM

    He obviously put himself in a bad situation. Character should be considered for the Heisman honor.
    ———————————————————-
    You obviously put your parents in a bad situation wasting money on your education, little as it may be.
    He’s 19, its a he say she say. Either of the 2 girls you’ve slept with could have accused you of the same thing.
    Other than this ‘accusation’ that he will NOT be charged with,how has he exhibited that he has no character?
    Character should be considered to be a human being.

  10. CBFAN says: Dec 5, 2013 4:59 PM

    teambringitstrong says:
    Dec 5, 2013 4:53 PM

    Character should be considered to be a human being.
    ============================

    Exactly!

  11. realfootballfan says: Dec 5, 2013 5:01 PM

    What’s next? Duke’s dragging coming up on Saturday.

    I sure hate it for them too because I like David Cutcliffe. Got a raw deal at Ole Miss. Besides that, I like Duke University from summers spent in Durham years ago.

    But nail, please assume the position because here comes the hammer. This is just business.

  12. rolltide510 says: Dec 5, 2013 5:28 PM

    mauldawg says:
    Dec 5, 2013 4:50 PM
    Here’s hoping Winston never plays another down of football. Wonder how much money changed hands. I will never understand why football players that are thugs and punks always seem to be above the law. Things have a way of coming back to make things right.

    ——

    I think you need to share your proof of Winston’s guilt with the TPD.

  13. Deb says: Dec 5, 2013 5:32 PM

    From what folks with a vote are saying, it seems pretty clear that Winston will win the Heisman unless something bizarre happens in Saturday’s game. I’d be surprised if FSU doesn’t make it to the title game. After that, it depends on the Seminoles’ opponent.

    As for the future, this thing will go away. Jets QB Mark Sanchez was arrested for rape while at USC, and you rarely hear that mentioned. I think this young man will go on with his life, and just hope he handles the pressures of being a Heisman winner a little better than Manziel has. Based on how well he’s maintained his focus during the scandal of this assault investigation, it seems he’s fairly well centered.

  14. myopinionisrighterthanyours says: Dec 5, 2013 5:48 PM

    @mauldawg:

    Or perhaps instead of making an uniformed opinion, maybe take the time to read the 86 page document that Meggs released detailing everything.

  15. condor75 says: Dec 5, 2013 6:28 PM

    “Put himself in a bad situatin” please none of the angels here have ever done that . Not the mention there is a small matter of probably cause, to even arrest, didn’t happen, see what you want see

  16. chachooga says: Dec 5, 2013 6:33 PM

    Wow! Seriously??? We will never know…only two people know?

    How is that for journalism…that is trash.

    Our country is great because you are innocent until proven guilty. This thing was dragged under full scrutiny of not just the justice system but a salivating media. If there was a shred of credible evidence, even the accusers panties as ESPN’s joe shad so graciously told my kids about live on TV during our game two weeks ago…if even a shred of evidence pointed against Winston he would have been charged.

    And your opening salvo is, “I guess we will never know”???

    That is garbage. Since this apparently isn’t real journalism JJ, why not just go back and change it.

  17. sillec28 says: Dec 5, 2013 6:39 PM

    The writer points out that Duke has played no team currently in the top-25. He might also have mentioned that FSU has played only one team in the top 25 – Clemson, which is #13 in the BCS rankings. Let’s face it, while FSU is a great team their schedule hasn’t exactly been difficult.

  18. sillec28 says: Dec 5, 2013 6:41 PM

    Sorry chachooga but the standard for charging someone with a criminal offense isn’t “a shred of evidence.” It’s basically whether the prosecutor thinks he or she can prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. And since any trial of Winston would be in Tallahassee, Meggs knew that would be impossible.

  19. bloodisred says: Dec 5, 2013 6:54 PM

    No sillec28, you’re wrong. Just read the report! Since I’m sure you won’t — Two eyewitness accounts in sworn affidavits, additional semen in/on the accuser from a source she refused to divulge and many other inconsistencies in her account(s) of the incident are the reason Meggs didn’t charge Winston. I say again, just read the report.

  20. chachooga says: Dec 5, 2013 7:30 PM

    Sorry sillec….my point with Jeremy Shad was the extra media scrutiny would have brought this to trial with only a shred.

    You also do not know Meggs history. Just Google Travis Johnson FSU….former Nole accused of rape, Meggs forced trial based on only shred of evidence, Johnson acquitted in 20 minutes by all female jury. His life and reputation permanently damaged in the process.

    Not asking for sympathy here…just journalism…it used to exist.

  21. arnie7781 says: Dec 5, 2013 9:30 PM

    “…only known by two people…”

    You misspelled FIVE. There were (MULTIPLE) witnesses to the sex act!

  22. geodude11 says: Dec 6, 2013 10:31 AM

    If “character” was an integral part of determining the Heisman Trophy winner the award would conceivably end up in the hands of a kid that hadn’t played a game on television that year. Look at last year’s winner, no class Manziel.

  23. zzr600guy says: Dec 6, 2013 12:31 PM

    FSU is a very good team but they will finally face a worthy opponent when Ohio State lines up against them.

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