- Yahoo Sports1 day ago
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – They came jogging up in jorts and body paint, giddy and opportunistic, ready to turn a legal decision into a football tailgate.
Six shirtless guys arrived outside the Leon County Courthouse Thursday afternoon with J-A-M-E-I-S spelled out on their chests. They were here to celebrate the announcement by state attorney Willie Meggs that he would not charge their football hero, Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston, with a crime in relation to a sexual battery complaint made against him almost a year ago.
And, this being America, they were here to get on TV.
TV obliged with Pavlovian predictability. A dozen cameras wheeled around and descended upon the young men, who did Florida State's signature "Tomahawk Chop" chant on cue. When the cameras stopped rolling, they stopped chanting.
I asked the "M" in J-A-M-E-I-S what his reaction was when he heard the news that Winston was free from potential prosecution.
"We're going to Pasadena, man!" said Kyle Clark, an FSU senior, identifying the site of the BCS title game. "That's what it's about."
- Pat Forde at Yahoo Sports4 days ago
THE MALE MCKAYLA MARONEY
If you read The Dash's Saturday column on the extraordinary events in the Iron Bowl, you probably looked at the picture at the top of the story. And if you looked closely at the picture, you probably smiled at the reaction of the guy in orange, Auburn recruiting operations chief Brett Whiteside, hands on head and mouth agape. And then you probably wondered what was up with the unnaturally unmoved guy in gray as the most amazing play in college football history unfolded right in front of him.
Dana Marquez (1), Auburn's equipment manager and the stoic in gray, can explain.
"I broke my foot at Texas A&M celebrating," he said. "So this time I wasn't going to do that."
- Pat Forde at Yahoo Sports4 days ago
Longtime Wake Forest coach Jim Grobe will announce his resignation Monday afternoon, sources told Yahoo Sports.
The school called a press conference for 4:15 p.m. ET. Grobe met with the players to inform them at 3:30 p.m. ET, sources said.
Wake was 4-8 this year, its fifth straight losing season after three straight winning seasons from 2006-08. That run included an 11-3 record, ACC championship and berth in the Orange Bowl in 2006. But Grobe couldn't sustain that success.
Grobe's all-time record at the school was 77-82.
The success of perennial lightweight Duke, which is 10-2 and won the Coastal Division of the Atlantic Coast Conference, undoubtedly increased the pressure on Grobe and others this season.
- Pat Forde at Yahoo Sports5 days ago
It’s been a great ride for the Southeastern Conference – seven straight national titles from four different programs, a ridiculous run of dominance.
But it’s on the verge of being over.
With the revealing of the penultimate BCS standings Sunday night, it looks like the SEC will need help to extend its title run to a great eight. The league of champions will need either No. 1 Florida State to lose to Duke (no way) or No. 2 Ohio State to lose to Michigan State (possible) in their respective conference championship games to get into the title game this year.
- Pat Forde at Yahoo Sports6 days ago
AUBURN, Ala. – And the last shall be first.
The last second of the 2013 Iron Bowl shall be first in the hearts and minds of Auburn fans forever. The last second of the 2013 Iron Bowl shall be first on the list of infamous moments in Alabama football lore. The last second will never end for those who lived it, those who loved it, those who loathed it.
It was, quite simply, the most astounding ending ever to a college football game. I was at the Boise State-Oklahoma Fiesta Bowl in 2007; this tops it. More at stake, and even more shock value on the final play (minus the player proposing to his girlfriend on the field).
The last second shall be first in the annals of unforgettable plays.
- Pat Forde at Yahoo Sports7 days ago
COLUMBIA, Mo. – Don James would be loving this.
The guy who molded Gary Pinkel as much as anyone – his coach, his boss, his mentor, his ideological blueprint – would absolutely be reveling in this wholly unexpected, 10-1 Missouri football season. He would love seeing how Pinkel has turned every crabby critic from 2012 back into a staunch supporter and how he has risen above his driving while intoxicated arrest of 2011. He would get a kick out of Pinkel shutting up everyone who said the Tigers would never compete in the Southeastern Conference.
Pancreatic cancer claimed James, the legendary former football coach of the Washington Huskies, last month. But in many ways he lives on through this Tigers football team, and the man leading it.
- Pat Forde at Yahoo Sports11 days ago
ONE-LOSS SEC CHAMP VS. UNDEFEATED OHIO STATE: WHO WINS?
Suppose, for the moment, that someone beats mighty Alabama – either this week or next. After pondering the psychic toll on Harvey Updyke, Mike Slive and Gary Danielson, consider what it could do for the team that takes down the Crimson Tide.
Suppose that after vanquishing the Tide, Auburn or Missouri goes on to finish the season 12-1 and stands as an improbable but undeniable Southeastern Conference champion.
Is that enough to earn the SEC – kingpin of college football the previous seven years – a shot at an eighth straight national title? Or does it open the door for the beaten-down masses of the Big Ten? Does it lift Ohio State into the BCS title game, thus forcing Buckeyes fans to give away their comfortable, well-worn persecution complexes to charity? (That’s presuming the Buckeyes beat both Michigan and Michigan State in the next two weeks. Which seems like a solid presumption at this point.)
- Pat Forde at Yahoo Sports13 days ago
"Sign the jersey, Jameis!" she yelled repeatedly at Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston, who stood about 20 feet away.
She clutched a garnet No. 5 jersey with "Jay-boo" – Winston's nickname – on the back. A pen was in her right hand. She wore a black peekaboo top that showed plenty of cleavage, and garnet pants. The No. 2-ranked, undefeated Seminoles were putting the finishing touches on an 80-14 demolition of Idaho, and the only remaining drama in Doak Campbell Stadium was whether the woman was going to get her jersey signed.
"I know you hear me!" she yelled at Winston, who indeed looked her way but never took a step in her direction. "Pleeeease!"
A guy next to her had his own No. 5 jersey, with the word "Innocent" on the back.
"Jay-boo, baby!" he yelled. "Give us some love over here! We're students! The students are behind you!" Neither the man nor woman wanted to give their names when asked. But they gladly gave their opinion of the controversy swirling around Florida State's star quarterback.
- Pat Forde at Yahoo Sports13 days ago
On Nov. 13, Florida athletic director Jeremy Foley announced that he was all-in on Will Muschamp as his football coach.
"A thousand percent convinced" was Foley's firm statement of support for Muschamp, despite a 4-5 record at the time.
But 10 days later the Gators are 4-7, and the most recent loss probably ranks as the worst in school history: a 26-20 embarrassment against Georgia Southern – an FCS school with just 70 scholarships (up from 63 as it transitions to FBS). It was Florida's first-ever loss to an FCS opponent, and it is the kind of defeat that can turn a thousand-percent support into zero percent.
There is no acceptable reason for Florida to lose to Georgia Southern. Period.
The standard explanation for the Gators' struggles has been a plague of injuries. But Georgia Southern reportedly was without 19 players Saturday when it went into The Swamp and controlled the game most of the day.
The Eagles didn't even need to complete a pass to score four touchdowns. They ran for 429 yards.
- Pat Forde at Yahoo Sports16 days ago
The allegation is now out there, in stark and startling black and white:
Star Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston, according to a statement reported Wednesday by the Tampa Bay Times, allegedly raped a woman last December.
But the haymakers don't stop there. The statement released to the Times by Patricia Carroll, the unnamed alleged victim's family attorney, accuses the Tallahassee Police Department of failure to fully follow up on the initial rape complaint; prematurely and unilaterally alerting Winston's attorney and Florida State campus police to the situation; and painting a foreboding picture of the potential fallout from accusing a Seminoles football player of sexual assault.
"We requested assistance from an attorney friend to interact with law enforcement on the victim's behalf," the statement said. "When the attorney contacted Detective [Scott] Angulo immediately after Winston was identified, Detective Angulo told the attorney that Tallahassee was a big football town and the victim needs to think long and hard before proceeding against him because she will be raked over the coals and her life will be made miserable."