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Conduct hearing for FSU's Jameis Winston moved to Dec. 1

Jameis Winston was not charged in a criminal investigation last year and has denied any wrongdoing through his attorneys. [Getty Images]
Jameis Winston was not charged in a criminal investigation last year and has denied any wrongdoing through his attorneys. [Getty Images]
Published Nov. 13, 2014

Florida State's conduct hearing for quarterback Jameis Winston has been moved to Dec. 1.

The hearing was initially scheduled for next week but was delayed after Winston's adviser, David Cornwell, told FSU he needed more time.

"I have been consistent — we will cooperate as long as the process is fair," Cornwell said in an email to FSU this week.

The hearing will center on sexual assault allegations stemming from a December 2012 encounter with a 19-year-old woman who was an FSU student. Winston was not charged in a criminal investigation last year and has denied any wrongdoing through his attorneys.

Former Florida Supreme Court Justice Major Harding will determine whether the reigning Heisman Trophy winner broke up to four parts of the school's code of conduct. If Winston is found responsible for any violations, possible punishments range from probation to expulsion.

The hearing could last several days, and any delays in the process could jeopardize whether the hearing or ruling ever takes place.

FSU guidelines call for a formal decision to be reached within 10 class days of the hearing. If the hearing ends Dec. 5, the last day of fall semester classes, a decision would be due Jan. 13 — the day after the national championship game. Winston, a redshirt sophomore, is eligible to declare for the NFL draft after the season ends.

The hearing is scheduled for the week of the ACC title game, and two days after the defending national champions host rival Florida in the regular-season finale.

No. 2 FSU (9-0) plays at Miami on Saturday and hosts Boston College next week.

Contact Matt Baker at mbaker@tampabay.com. Follow @MBakerTBTimes.