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The alleged victim in a sexual assault investigation involving Florida State star quarterback Jameis Winston spoke out for the first time Wednesday.

Through a statement, the alleged victim said through her attorney that she was warned by a Tallahassee Police Department detective not to pursue the case shortly after the complaint was filed.

In an exclusive interview with the Tampa Bay Times, the alleged victim -- whom the newspaper identified as an FSU student from the Tampa area -- claims she was told by TPD Detective Scott Angulo that Tallahassee was a "big football town," that her life would become "miserable" and she may be "targeted on campus" if she chose to proceed with the December 2012 case.

The 19-year-old Winston, a redshirt freshman who has emerged as the favorite to win the Heisman for the 10-0, No. 2-ranked Seminoles, has not been arrested or charged with any crime, nor has he ever been questioned or provided a statement to police in the matter.

The family's attorney also contends that they were surprised to hear Winston's lawyer, Tim Jansen, say last week that he was told the case was closed not long after the complaint to police was made.

The family wanted a DNA sample collected from Winston and his roommate interviewed as a potential witness, but Angulo refused, according to the report.

The family also questioned why Winston's name was never mentioned in the police report even though he was identified by the alleged victim, according to the Times. The report was heavily redacted when released to the media last Wednesday.

---Interim head coach Ed Orgeron is 5-1 as interim head coach at Southern Cal, and wants to be considered for the position permanently.

According to athletic director Pat Haden, Orgeron is already on the list of candidates to be USC's head coach in 2014.

Fans are becoming resounding supporters of Orgeron, not other known or rumored candidates such as former Trojans linebacker Jack Del Rio, who is the interim coach of the Denver Broncos at present.

Since Lane Kiffin was fired in September, Orgeron steered the team past Stanford and into Pac-12 title conversation. With only Colorado and UCLA remaining on the regular-season schedule, the Trojans are in good position to earn a quality bowl bid -- possibly even a great one.

Orgeron has developed a chemistry with the Trojans that makes him a national coach of the year candidate.

"We want Coach O next year," freshman safety Su'a Cravens said. "Forget the hiring and all that. All we need is Coach O."

USC quarterback Cody Kessler said the Trojans "would run through a brick wall" for Orgeron.

---Pitt senior defensive tackle Aaron Donald, Alabama junior left tackle Cyrus Kouandjio, Texas A&M senior left tackle Jake Matthews, Baylor senior guard Cyril Richardson, Florida State senior center Bryan Stork and and Stanford senior guard David Yankey were named semifinalists for the Outland Trophy.

The award, presented annually by the Football Writers Association of America since 1946, goes to the outstanding interior lineman in college football. Three finalists will be announced on Nov. 25 and the winner will be named on Dec. 12.

Donald is the only defensive player on the list. He leads the Football Bowl Subdivision in tackles for a loss this season with 2.3 per game, is tied for sixth in sacks and has four forced fumbles.

The Outland Trophy is the third-oldest award in college football behind the Heisman Trophy and the Maxwell Award.

---There could be some changes in Oklahoma's lineup for Saturday's Big 12 game against Kansas State.

The Daily Oklahoman reported that Trevor Knight will start at quarterback against the Wildcats in place of Blake Bell, who suffered a concussion in the second quarter of a win over Iowa State last Saturday and has yet to receive medical clearance to resume playing.

KOCO-TV in Oklahoma City reported that running back Damien Williams and wide receiver Lacoltan Bester were suspended for Saturday's game for unspecified reasons. The university would not confirm or deny the suspensions.

Knight began the season as the starting quarterback but was replaced when he suffered a knee injury during the Sooners' game against West Virginia in Week 2. Since then, Bell has started and Oklahoma (8-2) has gone 6-2.

Sooners coach Bob Stoops indicated this week that he won't name a starting quarterback until Saturday, possibly waiting to determine Bell's status.
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