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Jameis Winston's dad: Blame FSU, family for 'dropping ball' on monitoring son

Jameis Winston's father, Antonor Winston, told USA Today that he believes FSU and Winston's family "dropped the ball" in preparing the quarterback for life after winning the Heisman last year.

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Jameis Winston's father, Antonor Winston, told USA Today that he believes FSU and Winston's family "dropped the ball" in preparing the quarterback for life after winning the Heisman last year.

The father of Florida State's Jameis Winston says the Heisman Trophy winner should get supervision "24/7," USA Today reported.

Antonor Winston told the newspaper that he believes FSU and Winston's family "dropped the ball" in preparing the quarterback for life after winning the Heisman last year.

Winston received a civil citation and performed 20 hours of community service after he was caught on video shoplifting seafood from a grocery store in Tallahassee in April.

The elder Winston said he is working with the school on how to best handle his son's fame.

"He's supposed to have somebody around him 24/7," Antonor Winston told the newspaper. "He's a Heisman Trophy winner, so (he's) definitely not supposed to be by (himself)."

Among the shoplifting, a far more serious accusation — he was accused of sexual assault but not charged by the State Attorney's Office — and a couple of minor incidents, Winston, a redshirt sophomore, has become a point of controversy.

"It's just a different standard for (Jameis) and (fellow Heisman Trophy winner) Johnny (Manziel)," Antonor Winston said. "He's just got to endure, just make better decisions, and he's just got to endure that."

Since Winston won the Heisman in December, FSU has provided additional security on road trips, athletic director Stan Wilcox told the paper. "We are committed to doing everything in our power within NCAA rules to provide Jameis Winston with the resources he needs to thrive as a student and an athlete," he said. "We will continue to work with Jameis and his family to make them aware of all the support services the university has to offer."

Men's tennis: Host Florida swept USF 4-0 in the second round of the NCAA Tournament in a match delayed, then sent indoors, because of rain. The Gators (17-9), seeded 14th, face No. 3 seed Ohio State on Friday in Athens, Ga. The Bulls finished 19-7.

Softball: USF (41-15) earned its third consecutive NCAA bid with a spot in the four-team Tallahassee region. The Bulls open the double-elimination event at 4:30 p.m. Friday against South Carolina. No. 8 national seed FSU opens at 7 against Fordham. No. 5 seed Florida hosts an all-state region, starting Friday at 7 against Florida A&M. Stetson faces UCF in Gainesville at 4:30. … At the University of Tampa, the Spartans (33-8) had their season end in a 1-0 loss to Valdosta State (43-13) in the Division II South Region tournament. Blazers freshman Fran Johnson led off the bottom of the seventh with a triple, watched the next two batters hit infield popups for easy outs, then scored on a wild pitch. Julia Morrow struck out eight for UT.

Baseball: Tampa, ranked No. 1 in Division II, hosts the six-team, double-elimination South Region and opens at 11 a.m. Thursday against Stillman. … Flagler junior outfielder Nick Kranick, a former Wharton High standout, was named to the All-Peach Belt Conference first team. He led the team in batting (.382), hits (68), runs (46) and on-base percentage (.486).

Golf: Bethune-Cookman swept the men's and women's titles at the PGA Minority Collegiate Championship in Port St. Lucie. The B-CU men shot 1-over 289 for a 54-hole 884 total and a seventh title; the women earned a record 11th title with 292 for a 908 total. Dominick Vennari (69—215) of Florida A&M was the men's medalist.

Lacrosse: The Tampa men made the Division II national semifinals Saturday, as Matt Bilak had a career-high five goals in an 11-9 victory over visiting Mercyhurst. The Spartans (16-2) face Limestone on May 18 in Gaffney, S.C.

Times staff writer Joey Knight contributed to this report.

Jameis Winston's dad: Blame FSU, family for 'dropping ball' on monitoring son 05/11/14 [Last modified: Monday, May 12, 2014 11:32am]

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