TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — There were discussions of a settlement earlier this year between representatives for Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston and the woman who said he sexually assaulted her.
Attorneys for both sides strongly disagree, however, on the details of the talks and who initiated them.
David Cornwell, an attorney who advises the Winston family, said in a Sept. 23 letter to Florida State obtained by The Associated Press that the woman’s former lawyer Patricia Carroll demanded $7 million in February to settle her potential claim against Winston, the university and the Tallahassee Police Department.
Baine Kerr, one of the lawyers for the woman, said in a statement emailed to the AP Wednesday that Cornwell sought the settlement. Kerr said it’s “our understanding that (a) settlement was discussed, no authorized demands were made of Mr. Winston.”
TMZ first reported the letter had been sent to Florida State.
Neither Cornwell nor Florida State immediately responded to requests for comment.
Muschamp sticking with Driskel: Florida coach Will Muschamp is sticking with struggling quarterback Jeff Driskel, who is coming off arguably the worst game of his college career.
Muschamp said the fourth-year junior “needs to play better” and that Driskel “gives us the best opportunity to win right now.”
Driskel completed 9 of 28 passes for 93 yards, with a touchdown and two interceptions, in a 42-21 loss at Alabama on Saturday. He was particularly ineffective on deep passes, misfiring on 14 of 16 throws that went at least 10 yards.
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Game will appear online: Arkansas State’s home game against Louisiana-Monroe will be broadcast by ESPN3.com.
ASU and ULM will play Oct. 4 in Jonesboro with kickoff scheduled for 6 p.m.
The game will be both the Sun Belt opener for Arkansas State and homecoming.
More renovations coming: Duke says some more renovation projects at Wallace Wade Stadium will begin after the regular season ends in November.
Athletic director Kevin White said Wednesday that the improvements include construction of a new five-story press box tower, installation of a new video scoreboard and other concourse enhancements.
The privately financed projects are part of a plan to modernize the 85-year-old stadium and are scheduled to be completed in 2016.