TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — A two-day hearing at Florida State that could determine quarterback Jameis Winston’s future at the university ended on Wednesday with no decision and no definitive timetable on when the case will be resolved.
The hearing, which was held approximately two years after a female student said Winston sexually assaulted her in December 2012, was held to determine whether Winston violated any or all of four sections of the code of conduct — two for sexual misconduct and two for endangerment.
John Clune, an attorney representing the woman at the closed hearing, did predict that the former Florida State Supreme Court justice presiding over the proceedings will announce his decision by the end of the year.
Justice Major Harding has given both sides up to five days to submit a proposed order on what they think the outcome should be, Clune said. Harding will use those briefs as the basis for his decision, which is supposed to come within 10 class days after the hearing ends.
Both parties have an opportunity to request an appeal within five days of the initial hearing decision. Florida State’s fall semester ends next week and the potential ramifications for Winston range from a reprimand to expulsion from school.
Attorneys for both Winston and the former FSU student had starkly different assessments of how the hearing went for their clients.
David Cornwell, an adviser for Winston and his family, said the hearing contained “more inconsistencies” and “more lies” about what happened in December 2012. He said that there was “no evidence” presented that should prompt a hearing officer to find Winston violated FSU’s conduct rules. Cornwell repeated his assertions that the entire point of the hearing was to establish a record that could be used in a potential civil lawsuit against the Heisman Trophy winner.
“It was clear what this was about, absolutely clear what this was about, it is a shakedown,” Cornwell said.
Clune brushed aside Cornwell’s statements, saying that the hearing went well enough that he thinks there is enough evidence presented to convince the hearing officer to expel Winston from school.
TEAM ATTENDS KARAGEORGE FUNERAL: Days before Ohio State plays in the Big Ten championship game, team buses carried players and coaches to a cathedral where they paid their final respects to a teammate who apparently shot himself in the head after sending a message to his parents saying concussions had addled his mind.
Family members, athletes and coaches visibly grieved as they pulled their coats up tight to their collars to fight off the cold as they left the private funeral of Kosta Karageorge, some with tears in their eyes.
The Buckeyes’ leading rusher, Ezekiel Elliott, was distraught as he remembered the walk-on nose tackle whose casket he carried from the church.
Karageorge would always say, “ ‘Yeah, baby! Yeah, baby!’ just before coming out on the field to practice every day,” Elliott said before his voice broke with emotion and he walked away.
Karageorge, 22, was found dead in a trash bin Sunday.
Walter Camp Award
MARIOTA, GORDON AMONG FINALISTS: Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota and Wisconsin running back Melvin Gordon are among the five finalists for the Walter Camp player of the year award.
The other finalists are Arizona linebacker Scooby Wright III, TCU quarterback Trevone Boykin and Alabama receiver Amari Cooper.
The Camp award is voted on by Football Bowl Subdivision coaches and sports information directors. The winner will be announced Dec. 11.
Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston won the award last year.
Mariota is the leading candidate for the Heisman Trophy. Those finalists will be announced Dec. 8.