- Pat Forde at Yahoo Sports1 hr ago
And now, being a serial knucklehead finally has a price for Famous Jameis.
Florida State’s decision to suspend star quarterback Jameis Winston for a half against Clemson Saturday is the first football playing time he will miss at the school for disciplinary reasons. The cumulative effect of the Heisman Trophy winner’s recurring judgment lapses finally became too much for the school to overlook, brush aside or peddle off to the baseball team.
It is, frankly, about time. But it’s not enough time.
The Tomahawk-Chopping zealots who have blindly defended Winston through an assortment of situations grave and picayune will say it’s too much. They will say he’s just a college kid, unfairly persecuted, under an unreasonable microscope – still paying for a false accusation that yielded no charges last year. But they’ll complain mostly because, by Osceola, this is a big game. The opponent is Clemson, an Atlantic Coast Conference rival capable of handing the Seminoles their first loss since 2012.
- Pat Forde at Yahoo Sports19 hrs ago
The last time Jameis Winston made a fool of himself, his university-issued apology attributed the following sentence to him:
"I realize that I am in the public spotlight and my conduct needs to be above reproach."
That was in the spring, after he was cited for shoplifting. Which of course came after last fall, when he was under investigation for rape.
So there was Winston on the Florida State campus Tuesday, allegedly jumping on a table and yelling an obscene phrase, according to the Twitter accounts of at least seven people who say they heard and saw the Heisman Trophy winner's laugh-out-loud moment. Deadspin was first to report on it, citing multiple tweets. (Please note that the hyperlink contains offensive language.)
Apparently Winston's spring realization of life in the public spotlight, and the necessary conduct therein, had a short shelf life. Because his serial tone deafness to his own situation – not to mention the climate surrounding football as a whole right now – is simply astounding.
- Pat Forde at Yahoo Sports1 day ago
Forty names, games, teams and minutiae making news in college football (instructions on how to call a coin toss sold separately):
The going gets more serious from here on out. By The Dash’s count, at least two dozen power-five teams will play their toughest game of the year to date this week. Time to start separating the men from the boys in Gridworld, which will lead to separating some coaches from their jobs. …
HEAT CHECK: COACHES’ SEATS
- Pat Forde at Yahoo Sports2 days ago
Every Sunday, I will play Selection Committee member, take a look at the College Football Playoff picture and offer my bracket. Feel free to agree or disagree, starting with this: there are an unprecedented seven Southeastern Conference teams ranked in the top 15, but only one in Forde’s Fab Four after Week 3:
Rose Bowl: No. 1 seed Oregon vs. No. 4 seed Florida State
- Pat Forde at Yahoo Sports3 days ago
Ten takeaways from a wild day in college football:
1) To Live and Die in L.A. Or, more accurately, To Live and Die Away From L.A. Both UCLA and USC traveled multiple time zones east and found life supremely difficult that far away from home. The Bruins lived (barely) and the Trojans died (shockingly).
UCLA beat Texas 20-17, its first win with a Neuheisel integrally involved since 2011. Back then it was coach Rick Neuheisel, who was fired at the end of that season. Saturday night it was Rick's son, sophomore quarterback Jerry. He's the backup to star Brett Hundley, who was injured in the first quarter and did not return. Jerry Neuheisel gave JerryWorld a new meaning by throwing two touchdown passes, the latter being the game-winner with three minutes remaining. Prior to this game, Neuheisel hadn't thrown a pass since Sept. 21 last year.
- Pat Forde at Yahoo Sports6 days ago
Well, look what the Bearcat dragged in. It’s Cincinnati.
“We’re a little bit late,” coach Tommy Tuberville said Thursday.
There is one FBS team that has yet to play a game in 2014, and that team is the Bearcats. Due to a series of scheduling problems, they opened the season with two bye weeks. They do not kick off until Friday night against Toledo, which already has played twice.
It’s a bit surreal, and it’s certainly not ideal. But as coaches are fond of saying, they can’t control the schedule that is laid out in front of them.
“We got stuck,” Tuberville said. “It is what it is. We’ve got 12 games like everyone else, they’re just all in a row.”
Actually, there is one more bye week for the Bearcats, Nov. 8. But they’ve got to play eight straight to get there.
- Pat Forde at Yahoo Sports8 days ago
Forty names, games, teams and minutiae making news in college football (trespassing, ref-baiting athletic directors sold separately):
AND NOW, SOME GOOD NEWS FOR THE BIG TEN
It is more than a little ironic that the only positive headlines for the Big Ten Conference (1) this football season have involved Penn State (2). The closest thing the reeling league has to a quality win was the Nittany Lions' thrilling victory over Central Florida in Ireland, and now the NCAA has restored the school's bowl privileges effective immediately and full scholarship limit for the 2015-16 season.
- Pat Forde at Yahoo Sports9 days ago
Every Sunday, I will play Selection Committee member, take a look at the College Football Playoff picture and offer my bracket. Feel free to agree or disagree. Forde’s Fab Four after Week 2:
Rose Bowl: No. 1 seed Oregon vs. No. 4 seed Florida State
- Pat Forde at Yahoo Sports10 days ago
EUGENE, Ore. – The game was not going to come easy for Oregon's blur offense. The Ducks knew that coming in.
But they didn't know how difficult Michigan State's defense could make it until they experienced it – one bruising hit, one confusing coverage at a time. Trailing 27-18 in the third quarter and facing a third-and-11 from their own 40-yard line, having lost a double-digit lead and any semblance of momentum, this was as difficult as it gets.
This was time for Marcus Mariota to make something out of nothing.
He'd been sacked the previous play, part of a taxing afternoon in which the Oregon quarterback could rarely throw on rhythm. Time and again, he had to pull the ball down and search for a second or third option, or scramble away from a stampeding Spartan. Clockwork was out, improvisation was in.
"I had to sit in the pocket a little bit, take some hits, make some plays on my own," Mariota said.
This was one of those plays. Probably the biggest of those plays.
- Pat Forde at Yahoo Sports12 days ago
Nearly two years after the act, and nearly a year after the investigation, it still is not over in Tallahassee.
Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston remains under the microscope for his sexual encounter with an FSU coed in late 2012. He was not charged with rape last fall, but that wasn't the end of it. Now it is the university's turn to look into a Title IX complaint filed with the school by Winston's accuser.
The woman's Colorado-based attorney, John Clune, told USA Today Thursday that she was interviewed by the school Aug. 7. Winston family adviser David Cornwell – a prominent sports attorney who is certainly involved here out of the kindness of his own heart – maintained that Winston did not sexually assault the accuser and cast doubt upon the entire proceeding.