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1  Discussion / Sports Forum / QB Jameis Winston cleared in conduct hearing on: Yesterday at 07:49:12 PM
Associated Press
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston was cleared of the accusations he faced at a student code of conduct hearing involving an alleged sexual assault two years ago, according to documents obtained by The Associated Press on Sunday.

Former Florida Supreme Court judge Major Harding wrote in a letter to Winston that the evidence was "insufficient to satisfy the burden of proof." Prosecutor Willie Meggs made a similar decision a year ago when he decided not to criminally charge Winston, citing a lack of evidence.

This month, a two-day hearing was held to determine whether Winston violated four sections of the code of conduct - two for sexual misconduct and two for endangerment.

The ramifications for Winston ranged from a reprimand to expulsion from school.

The woman can request an appeal within five days.

"We will consider an appeal but right now we feel a little duped," said Baine Kerr, one of the woman's lawyers. "At some point we have to recognize that Florida State is never going to hold James Winston responsible."

AP is not identifying the woman because it does not identify people who say they are victims of sexual abuse.

Kerr said in the emailed statement that between his client, Winston, and two teammates that were at the off-campus apartment - Chris Casher and Ronald Darby - only the woman would answer questions about what happened.

"Somehow Jameis Winston still wins," Kerr said. "The order doesn't even follow the Student Conduct Code and it ignores the bulk of the evidence."

Florida State president John Thrasher said in a statement that the university selected the former state Supreme Court justice to remove any doubt about the integrity of the process.

"He (Harding) conducted a thorough Student Conduct Code hearing and reviewed more than 1,000 pages of evidence generated by three other investigations, and we would like to thank him sincerely for his service," Thrasher said.

Harding wrote that both sides' version of the events had strengths and weaknesses, but he did not find the credibility of one "substantially stronger than the other."

"In sum, the preponderance of the evidence has not shown that you are responsible for any of the charged violations of the Code," Harding wrote.

Winston family adviser David Cornwell did not respond to requests for comment.

Cornwell has contended that attorneys for the former student pushed for the hearing after they were rebuffed in an attempt to reach a settlement with Winston.

Florida State faces Oregon in the College Football Playoffs semifinal on Jan. 1. Before the ruling, there were questions whether Winston would be available to play. The Seminoles won a national championship with Winston at the helm last season and have not lost a game since he earned the starting job before the beginning of the 2013 season.

Florida State is currently being investigated by the Department of Education on how hit handles possible Title IX violations. The woman who said Winston assaulted her filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights, which decided the university should be investigated for possible Title IX violations over the way it responds to sexual violence complaints.

Title IX is a federal statute that bans discrimination at schools that receive federal funding. The Department of Education in 2011 warned schools of their legal responsibilities to immediately investigate allegations of sexual assault and domestic violence, even if the criminal investigation has not concluded.

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2  Discussion / Sports Forum / Re: Coach Mike White leaving ASU on: December 20, 2014, 04:56:56 PM
Albany State did well with hiring Mike White.  I see nothing wrong with giving Dan Land a chance. If I worked as an assistant I would hope for the opportunity to move up into a higher position. Especially at my Alma Mater. It works the same way at most jobs.   Being better than Mike White and Hamp Smith will be a hard act to follow for anyone. Hamp Smith won 30 conference games in a row from 92-95. No ones knows for sure how one player might run a team. One thing we do know. Whomever can top Hampton Smith and Mike White will have to be a very good coach. Doesn't matter who he is. Not only will he have to be an excellent coach. He will have to have the resources to be successful. If we really want to win a National Championship

Mike White could have left long time ago.  Do not think he didn't get many earlier offers. His allegiance to Albany State probably had a lot to do with him staying so many years. We all want someone who will take us to the Mountain Top. But we also want him to walk around with us in the promise land. Maybe Land can do that. Maybe he can't. But he deserves a shot just like anyone else applying for the job.
3  Discussion / Sports Forum / A Scary Sign That More Schools May Be Forced To Shut Down Football Programs on: December 17, 2014, 05:15:56 PM
The football teams in the top tier of college football took in a record $3.4 billion in revenue last year. But while college football is growing at breakneck speeds there is one scary sign that not everything is golden in the sport.

Earlier this month, the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) announced that they were shutting down the football program.

This is sad for the players, the coaches, the students, and the fans. But what is scary is that there are a lot of schools doing a lot worse than UAB.

In 2013, UAB's football program generated $9.0 million in revenue in Conference-USA. That pales in comparison to schools in the so-called "power" conferences (SEC, ACC, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-12) where football programs routinely bring in over $40 million in revenue.

Getty Images No school makes more money off of college football than the University of Texas ($112M in revenue in 2013).

But of the 126 FBS (formerly Division I-A) football programs with financial data available, a whopping 39 (31%) generated less revenue than UAB.

In deciding to cut the football program, UAB president Dr. Ray Watts cited the cost of maintaining the program.

In 2013, the football program cost the school $9.0 million meaning it was essentially breaking even. However, a consultant determined that it would cost the school an additional ~$10 million per year to remain competitive.

Much of that would come in the form of one-time costs (e.g. new facilities and upgrades) that the program just cannot afford and the school was unwilling to subsidize.

UAB is not alone.

The University of Hawaii is also considering the possibility of ending its football program according to Hawaii News Now.

Hawaii generated $9.8 million in revenue in 2013, $800,000 more than UAB, but ~$3 million less than they need to keep the football team afloat.

That is just two schools. But there are 40-50 other schools whose revenue is similar, or worse, than UAB and Hawaii. If those schools can't survive, many more will follow.

Pretty soon, the power conferences in FBS may be the only conferences in FBS.

4  Discussion / Sports Forum / OK, so I say.... (NCAA Playoffs) on: December 07, 2014, 06:56:41 AM
Florida State will play Oregon State in Pasadena and Alabama will play TCU in New Orleans. What do you say?  Who is in? Who should be in? Should it be expanded to 6 schools and the top two schools get a bye? Do they really want an SEC school to play a school from a so called lower(not as strong) conference first and get their a**  taken to the wood shed. Hmmm.... Will be very interesting.
5  Discussion / Sports Forum / Re: So if FSU stomps Ga. Tech on: December 05, 2014, 06:13:52 PM
I have a very very close family member who goes to school at Georgia Tech. Chemical  Biological Engineer Major(Yes,  Smart a--'s runs in our family)  If Tech should win, I won't be Mad at them. I am for both schools.  Just  would love for FSU to quiet the critics.  Especially the Winston haters who are really upset because he got him some from a white girl.
6  Discussion / Sports Forum / Re: Ladies Basketball Upset Alert on: December 05, 2014, 12:56:33 PM
 I wonder if they are going to put this shyt all over the news like they do everything else involving SSU?
7  Discussion / Sports Forum / Re: So if FSU stomps Ga. Tech on: December 05, 2014, 12:54:05 PM
Most people didn't think they would beat Auburn last year.
8  Discussion / Sports Forum / Re: White leaving Albany State? on: December 05, 2014, 10:22:46 AM
I'm in agreement with you Ramfan. Some ASU fans thought Uyl Joyner was the next great thing to become ASU Offensive Coordinator. Well you see how that turned out. Dam near every coach in the nation would be fired if folk was waiting on them to win a National Championship in order to be called sucessful coach. DOn't get me wrong, I won't to win them all like the next person but you had better have someone in line better waiting.
9  Discussion / Sports Forum / Re: White leaving Albany State? on: December 05, 2014, 08:12:38 AM
If They do "help us both out" I hope they get someone who is a winner andf will be there for us for the long run. Not someone who will use us as a steping stone and gone like the wind the first chance they get. Whomever that may be might want more money than what White is asking for.

10  Discussion / General Discussion Forum / Re: BOG study: $1 billion for separate engineering schools at FSU, FAMU on: November 26, 2014, 08:17:28 AM
"FSU administrators have said that in order to advance into the elite rankings of public universities, it is imperative FSU have a separate engineering program."

Oh so I guess FAMU is keeping them from becoming ELITE in the rankings. I wonder why?
11  Discussion / Sports Forum / Re: Virginia St vs LIU Post Streaming Link on: November 22, 2014, 02:16:38 PM
That ball came out after he was down. That should not have been a fumble from what I saw.
12  Discussion / Sports Forum / Re: Tuskegee Hosts West Georgia in NCAA II Playoffs on: November 20, 2014, 08:16:26 AM
TU, you're going to have to play some DEFENSE. Can't afford to go back and forth.  GO TIGERS!!!
13  Discussion / Sports Forum / Re: Albany State... on: November 20, 2014, 08:12:26 AM
He has also won 11 in the last 21 years.
14  Discussion / Sports Forum / Re: The SIAC Championship Game on: November 15, 2014, 06:14:12 PM
 Snicker Now that shyt  :lmao:was funny.
15  Discussion / Sports Forum / Re: Tuskegee moves to 3 in Region Two Rankings; WSSU 4 in Region One on: November 15, 2014, 06:10:29 PM
CIAA can't get shut out. V-State is an Automatic qualifier as long as they are ranked in the top 8.  The question IS will Winston make it?
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