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David Cornwell: "Winston Not Ready to be an NFL Player Off The Field"

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(NEW YORK) -- Criminal defense attorney David Cornwell became the latest voice to air concerns about the future of quarterback Jameis Winston's NFL career. 

Cornwell, who previously advised and represented Winston stated that he felt Winston was not prepared for the NFL once he was outside the confines of a team facility.

Speaking at Villanova's Moorad Sports Law symposium, David Cornwell said, "He's ready to be an NFL player on the field, but he's not ready to be an NFL player off the field."

Cornwell clarified that he felt most college age young men were not ready for the life of a professional athlete. 

"I don't think anyone is ready," Cornwell said. "No one is ready for this (NFL) world when they come into it."

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are rumored to be ready to select Winston with the first overall pick on April 30 in the 2015 NFL draft. Though, a report from Yahoo Sports Charles Robinson suggests that one of the team's owners could have reservations about the selection as it relates to the family's charitable foundation.

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Report: Jameis Winston Leaning Towards Staying at Florida State

Streeter Lecka/Getty Images(TALLAHASSEE, Fl.) -- Jameis Winston appears to be leaning towards playing another season of Seminoles football.

Winston seems intent on leading Florida State to another National Championship after a beat down at the hands of Oregon and Marcus Mariota in Saturday's Rose Bowl.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will be picking No.1 in the 2015 NFL draft. If both Mariota and Winston were to declare -- they are both underclassmen -- the Bucs would have a difficult choice to make. According to's Gil Arcia, Tampa Bay Head Coach Lovie Smith "was extremely impressed" by Winston's performance, even in the loss, but is not convinced about the player's availability.

This thought of Winston returning to Florida State was supported by Florida native and former NFL quarterback Shaun King.

"Lil birdie telling me jameis is staying in school and will not enter the 2015 draft.....," King said on Twitter.

While many thought it was just an evasive response, when asked by reporters what his plans for the future were after the Rose Bowl, Winston responded, "I'm not focused on that at all. I'm looking forward to next season and playing baseball. So I'm just trying to get better every day."

The date to declare for the NFL draft is January 15.

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Oregon Dominates Rose Bowl

Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images(PASADENA, Ca) -- The Oregon Ducks are heading to the National Championship after defeating the Florida State Seminoles 59-20.

The game was 25-20 at halftime, but Oregon's high tempo offense was too much for Florida State's defense, which seemed to give up early in the fourth quarter. 

Florida State didn't do themselves any favors as they committed five turnovers that saw Oregon score a touchdown off of each one. None was more backbreaking than when Jameis Winston slipped on a fourth down play and lost control of the ball attempting a pass. Tony Washington scooped up the ball and ran it back 58 yards, pushing the score to 45-20. 

Marcus Mariota struggled to find a rhythm early, but found his groove and took control of the game. Mariota finished the day 26 of 36 for 338 yards and two touchdowns. He also continued to display his lethal dual-threat ability as he ran the ball eight times for for 62 yards and a touchdown. 

Fellow Heisman Winner Jameis Winston tried to keep pace with Mariota but dropped passes and fumbles would be Florida States undoing. Winston completed 29 of 45 passes for 348 yards and one touchdown as well as one interception that bounced off the hands of his receiver. 

The Ducks ended Florida State's 29-game winning streak as well as toppling the former National Champions.

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Florida State Signs Fisher to New Eight Year Contract

ThinkStock(TALLAHASSEE, Fl.) --  The Florida State Seminoles are intent on keeping head coach Jimbo Fisher around for a long time.

On Tuesday, the University locked up Fisher through the 2022 season where he will earn $5.5 million per season, according to ESPN's Chris Low.

"I am honored to be the head coach at Florida State University, which I've said many times before," Fisher said in a statement. "I appreciate that FSU believes in what we are doing and supports our goal of maintaining one of the best programs in the country. It is a privilege to coach the young men in our program. It is truly a family."

Last year, Florida State signed Fisher to an extension that ran through the 2018 season.  

After winning a National Championship and repeating an undefeated regular season, Florida State felt they needed to lock up Fisher for the long term. The Seminoles head coach is 58-10 since taking over the program from Bobby Bowden in 2010. 

Florida State's next game is against Oregon in the Rose Bowl on January 1.

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Jameis Winston Cleared of Any Wrongdoing

Streeter Lecka/Getty Images(TALLAHASSEE, Fla.) -- Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston attended a student code of conduct hearing Sunday, during which he was cleared of allegations of sexual assault that were made in December of 2012.

The decision was released in a letter to Winston and the woman accusing him by retired Florida Supreme Court Justice Major Harding.

The letter was obtained by USA Today:

"This was a complex case, and I worked hard to make sure both parties had a full and fair opportunity to present information. In sum, the preponderance of the evidence has not shown that you are responsible for any of the charge violations of the Code. Namely, I find that the evidence before me is insufficient to satisfy the burden of proof."

With the decision, Winston will be allowed to play in Florida State's College Football Playoff semifinal on Jan. 1 against Oregon.

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Florida State Repeats as ACC Champions

Streeter Lecka/Getty Images(CHARLOTTE, N.C.) -- For the third straight year, the Florida State Seminoles won the Atlantic Coast Conference crown, beating Georgia Tech 37-35 on Saturday. The fourth-ranked Seminoles (13-0) completed another perfect regular season, winning their 29th straight game.

It was not an easy romp for Florida State, who actually trailed multiple times in the contest. The Yellow Jackets (10-3) used their impressive running attack to slow the game down and take an early 7-0 lead after their defense forced a punt on the Seminoles' opening drive. However, Florida State scored on their next seven possessions and led 28-21 at halftime.

Number 11 Georgia Tech tied things up with another touchdown run from Synjyn Davis, his third of the game, but three straight field goals from Roberto Aguayo put the game out of reach. Yellow Jackets quarterback Justin Thomas rushed for 104 yards and threw for 177 more, but a costly fourth-quarter interception helped give Florida State the win.

Jameis Winston tossed three touchdowns while throwing for 309 yards, hoping for a spot in the first ever College Football Playoff to have a chance to defend their national championship. 

"We can't control what other people think," Winston said.

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ACC Championship Preview

Grant Halverson/Getty Images(CHARLOTTE, N.C.) -- Fourth-ranked Florida State cannot afford to lose this weekend if they want to remain in the College Football Playoff rankings.

The Seminoles (12-0) will take on No. 11 Georgia Tech (10-2) in the ACC Championship game.

"On offense they can move that football," Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher said.  "Very dynamic, they can throw it very well.  [Georgia Tech quarterback Justin Thomas] reads all the phases of that option well.  I think Thomas is the key to making them go."

Yellow Jackets head coach Paul Johnson knows he has a tough opponent. "I see a really good football team that knows how to win," he said.

"Winning is hard," Johnson continued.  "They've won 28 consecutive games. That's really hard to believe in this day and age. They've got a bunch of guys that are good athletes, they are very well-coached and they know how to win. They haven't blown as many people out as maybe a year ago, but they've still got a really fine football team. Make no mistake about that."

Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston has been in court this week due to rape allegations, but will get the start.

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TCU Joins the Top 4 in New CFP Rankings

ThinkStock(NEW YORK) -- TCU moved into the top four of the new College Football Playoff rankings that were announced Tuesday night.

TCU, which routed Texas 48-10 on Thursday, was vaulted into the three spot while undefeated Florida State dropped to No. 4.

Alabama and Oregon remained No. 1 and 2 respectively.

Baylor, which beat TCU earlier in the season, came in sixth while Ohio State finished fifth.

All of the top-six teams will play either Friday or Saturday before the final CFP rankings are revealed. Alabama and No. 16 Missouri play in the SEC championship game. Oregon and No. 7 Arizona square off in the Pac-12 championship Friday. TCU will take on Iowa State (2-9). Florida State gets No. 11 Georgia Tech in the ACC championship. Ohio State plays No. 13 Wisconsin in the Big Ten championship and Baylor hosts No. 9 Kansas State (9-2).

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Florida State Remains Undefeated with Win over Florida

Streeter Lecka/Getty Images(TALLAHASSEE, Fl.) -- With a 24-19 victory over their in-state rival Florida Gators, the Florida State Seminoles remain the only undefeated team in college football.

Quarterback Jameis Winston struggled Saturday afternoon, throwing four interceptions while completing 12 of 24 passes. He did throw two touchdowns to tight end Nick O'Leary to lead the Seminoles to their 28th straight victory.

"He goes out there and something good happens, he lets it go," O'Leary said. "Something bad happens, he lets it go. Just does everything the same and moves on and keeps playing his best."

Florida State's defense carried the team, holding Florida to 282 total yards and intercepting Gators quarterback Treon Harris twice. One key interception came when Terrance Smith picked off an errant pass from Harris inside the Seminoles' 10-yard line.  Smith found a convoy of blockers and raced 94 yards for a touchdown. The Gators were leading 9-0.

"Our defense was tremendous tonight," said Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher. "They just keep fighting and finding ways."

The Seminoles (12-0) head to the ACC title game to face the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (10-2) on December 6 in Charlotte.  

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Florida Prepares for Florida State

Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images(GAINSVILLE, Fl.) -- Florida is looking to hand Florida State their first loss of the season on Saturday in one of the biggest rivalry games of the weekend.

Gators head coach Will Muschamp is set to step down at seasons end and knows the importance of this game.

"[They're a] really good football team. [I've] got tremendous respect for [Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher] and the job he's done and his staff," Muschamp said. "They've won a bunch in a row. Last time they lost was when the Gators were up there. They've done a outstanding job."

Florida State got all they could handle from Boston College last weekend and Fisher knows that the Gators are pumped up for this game.

"We're going into battle," Fisher said. "These games are going to be dogfights. People are going to try and be the one that knocks us out, knocks us off, got nothing to lose."

Florida is 2-1 on the road this year.  The Seminoles have won six games this year at home.

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