That right there should clear up any questions as to Dalvin Cook‘s future at Florida State.
Cook’s trial for his alleged battery of a female at a Tallahassee bar earlier this year began and ended the same day, with a jury Monday finding the Florida State running back not guilty of the misdemeanor charge. According to reports, testimony lasted roughly eight hours while the jury’s deliberation lasted all of 25 minutes.
The verdict came nearly two weeks after the attorneys for the sophomore filed a demand for a speedy trial on behalf of their client. That motion was approved one day later.
Given the resolution in the case in Cook’s favor, it’s expected the player will be reinstated in short order.
Cook was facing a misdemeanor battery charge after allegedly punching a woman in the face at a Tallahassee bar this past June. Cook, who had remained indefinitely suspended pending the outcome of the case, had denied any wrongdoing, and his attorneys have very publicly stated that they will not accept a plea deal to resolve the case.
After leading the Seminoles in rushing as a true freshman last season, Cook narrowly missed out being voted onto the media’s preseason All-ACC team — he was just one vote behind first-team Shadrach Thornton of North Carolina State.
UPDATED 9:51 p.m. ET: Not surprisingly, FSU announced shortly after the verdict was reached that Cook’s indefinite suspension has been lifted. “He will be eligible to practice and to compete representing the University effective immediately,” the statement read.