Around college football: Florida State QB investigated for sexual assault

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Northern Illinois receiver Da’Ron Brown leaves Ball State linebacker Sean Wiggins behind on the way to a 58-yard touchdown catch.

Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston is under investigation for an alleged sexual assault reported nearly a nearly a year ago.

The university and Winston’s attorney confirmed last night that the Tallahassee Police Department is conducting an investigation.

Tallahassee Police Department officials refused to answer any questions, although they did release a heavily redacted two-page incident report. The report does not mention Winston, 19, by name, and stated a woman alleged sexual battery. It said she was drinking before the incident on Dec. 7, 2012, at a Tallahassee apartment complex. The male involved in the altercation was listed as being between 5 feet 9 and 5-11 and 240 pounds. Florida State lists Winston’s height as 6-4 and weight as 216 pounds.

Timothy Jansen, a Tallahassee attorney, said Winston hasn’t been interviewed by police. Jansen said that at one point he believed the matter had been resolved.

“We basically hope it will be resolved quickly and that Winston will be exonerated and he will be able to focus all his attention on academics and football,” Jansen said.

The school and coach Jimbo Fisher wouldn’t comment because the investigation wasn’t closed. The school also said there was no change in Winston’s status for the Seminoles’ home game on Saturday against Syracuse.

LAST NIGHT’S HIGHLIGHTS

 

No. 20 Northern Illinois 48, Ball State 27: Jordan Lynch threw for 345 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for 123 yards and two scores to lead host Northern Illinois (10-0, 6-0) over Ball State (9-2, 6-1) in the Mid-American Conference.

The Huskies turned back the Cardinals’ upset bid by scoring the final 21 points with under six minutes left in the game.

Kent State 24, Miami 6: Trayion Durham rushed for 109 yards and a touchdown, and Dri Archer and Colin Reardon added rushing scores to lead host Kent State (3-8, 2-6) over Miami (0-10, 0-6) in the MAC.

The Golden Flashes held the RedHawks to 176 yards.

Grambling will have to pay for forfeiting game

The Southwestern Athletic Conference announced that Grambling will face financial penalties after forfeiting its road game against Jackson State on Oct. 19.

The SWAC did not announce exact figures in its release, but said the fine would be issued in accordance to the league’s bylaws. Grambling spokesman Will Sutton has said previously that amount is $20,000. Grambling must also play road games at Jackson State the next three seasons.

Grambling’s players staged a boycott of the Jackson State game because of issues with Grambling’s leaders, including the school’s rundown facilities, long bus trips to road games and personnel decisions.

The SWAC also said Grambling will pay Jackson State an undisclosed amount from its “future distribution amounts” to help Jackson State recoup lost money from the cancellation.

Baylor gives Briles new 10-year contract

Baylor coach Art Briles agreed to a new 10-year contract with the fourth-ranked Bears, the team he has taken from perennial Big 12 loser to the conference’s lone remaining undefeated team.

Financial terms weren’t revealed, which is standard policy for the private university.

When Briles arrived at Baylor six years ago, the Bears had just finished their 12th consecutive losing season under four coaches since the inception of the Big 12.

Briles is 41-30 at Baylor, which is 8-0 this season.

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