Saturday, January 20, 2018
Colleges

Jameis Winston's accuser brings in Title IX specialists

Jameis Winston's accuser appears to be gearing up for a possible lawsuit against Florida State University.

The woman's Dade City-based attorney, Patricia Carroll, said Friday that she is working with two high-profile Title IX attorneys, John Clune and Baine Kerr, to explore a possible suit against FSU under the federal anti-discrimination guidelines.

Clune and Kerr are Colorado-based attorneys who have handled on-campus rape lawsuits at the University of Pacific, Wake Forest and University of Colorado. Clune also represented the woman who accused Lakers star Kobe Bryant of sexual assault.

Friday's news isn't a surprise. Carroll told the Tampa Bay Times last month that she planned to reach out to Title IX experts to see whether FSU fulfilled its legal responsibilities regarding the rape allegations against its star quarterback.

The U.S. Department of Education has charged universities with trying to reduce sexual assaults under Title IX. Federal guidelines include independent investigations into possible rapes that are separate from criminal cases and usually take about two months to complete.

The accuser first reported a possible sexual assault to FSU police in December 2012 and identified Winston as the suspect a month later, but an investigation by Tallahassee police stalled.

The State Attorney's Office began its investigation in November and ruled that it did not have enough evidence to press charges. Winston went on to win the Heisman Trophy and lead the Seminoles to a perfect record and the program's third national championship. Winston has repeatedly denied assaulting the woman.

Shortly after prosecutors began examining the case, FSU vice president of university relations Liz Maryanski told the Times that the school followed federal instructions on Title IX, including university-led investigations. But she declined to say when the school began looking into the Winston case.

Carroll reiterated Friday that civil lawsuits against Winston and Tallahassee police are "forthcoming."

Matt Baker can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter @MattHomeTeam.

Comments
Gary Trent, Duke rally past Miami with 18-0 run

Gary Trent, Duke rally past Miami with 18-0 run

CORAL GABLES — Gary Trent scored a season-high 30 and No. 5 Duke needed less than three minutes to erase a 13-point second-half deficit, scoring 18 consecutive points to overtake No. 25 Miami 83-75 on Monday night. The Blue Devils scored 15 in six po...
Published: 01/15/18

Shrine Game journal: Homecoming for Utah OL Salesi Uhatafe; Quinton Flowers works on snaps

ST. PETERSBURG — Salesi Uhatafe is back in his hometown, and though he moved to Texas when he was still a baby, it’s very much a homecoming as the former Utah offensive lineman plays in Saturday’s East-West Shrine Game at Tropicana Field."I’ll probab...
Published: 01/15/18
Iowa State’s two-way star Joel Lanning practicing at linebacker for East-West Shrine Game

Iowa State’s two-way star Joel Lanning practicing at linebacker for East-West Shrine Game

ST. PETERSBURG — Joel Lanning has the unique distinction of being listed as an "LB/QB" on the West roster for Saturday’s East-West Shrine Game at Tropicana Field.And while the former Iowa State star spent the entire practice at middle linebacker Mond...
Published: 01/15/18
Keith Jackson, leading college football broadcaster, dies at 89

Keith Jackson, leading college football broadcaster, dies at 89

Keith Jackson, the folksy voice of college football who for decades weaved backwoods wit through Saturday afternoon ABC broadcasts, died Friday night. He was 89.In a 52-year broadcasting career, Mr. Jackson covered a wide variety of sports for radio ...
Published: 01/13/18
No. 24 FSU outlasts Syracuse in double overtime

No. 24 FSU outlasts Syracuse in double overtime

TALLAHASSEE — Florida State squandered a double-digit halftime lead for the second straight game. This time, it was able to overcome that.The 23rd-ranked Seminoles scored the first six in the second overtime to propel them to a 101-90 victory over Sy...
Published: 01/13/18

Florida manhandled in paint by Ole Miss for first SEC loss

OXFORD, Miss. — Florida came into its matchup focused on stopping a talented group of Ole Miss guards.But it was the play of the frontcourt that did in the Gators on Saturday afternoon.Bruce Stevens scored 22, Deandre Burnett added 20 and Mississippi...
Published: 01/13/18
South Carolina gives Will Muschamp new $28 million deal

South Carolina gives Will Muschamp new $28 million deal

COLUMBIA, S.C. — South Carolina coach Will Muschamp received a new six-year, $28.2 million contract after a nine-win season that culminated with a victory over Michigan in the Outback Bowl. Muschamp’s contract was approved Friday by the school’s boar...
Published: 01/12/18
Jones: March Madness is weeks away. What’s up with college basketball?

Jones: March Madness is weeks away. What’s up with college basketball?

We’ve been a little busy lately.What with Dirk Koetter staying and Evan Longoria going. We’ve been distracted by UCF and amazed by Alabama. There has been Jon Gruden news and what is shaping up to be a very special season for the Lightning.With all t...
Published: 01/11/18
Updated: 01/12/18
Bobby Bowden: Dadgum it, UCF has a gripe

Bobby Bowden: Dadgum it, UCF has a gripe

Former Florida State coach Bobby Bowden is 88 and still keeps a busy schedule of speaking engagements. On Wednesday he was in Omaha, Neb. — his fourth city in a week — to receive the Tom Osborne Legacy Award for his contributions to college football ...
Published: 01/11/18
Jones: The secret to Alabama’s success

Jones: The secret to Alabama’s success

Nick Saban is the greatest college football coach of all-time.The current Alabama run — five titles in nine seasons — belongs at the top of any dynasty in the history of the sport. To do what Bama has done in this day and age of parity is remarkableS...
Published: 01/09/18