Florida State's Jameis Winston expects to play next week
"Of course," Winston said following the undefeated and top-ranked Seminoles' 38-20 win over Syracuse on Saturday, according to ESPN.com.
Winston reportedly received notice in a letter on Friday that he faces a disciplinary hearing over allegations that he raped a fellow Florida State student in December 2012.
The school's code of conduct indicates that Winston has five days to respond to the letter as part of the disciplinary process. Someone from outside Florida State will hear the case, according to John Clune, the lawyer for Winston's accuser.
SI.com legal analyst Michael McCann suggested that in light of recent reports saying Florida State played a role in hindering the investigation into Winston's alleged misconduct, Winston may consider dropping out of school.
Winston also has an incentive to avoid the jurisdictional reach of Florida State. If Winston withdrew from school, he would move outside of the university’s jurisdiction and could not be forced to participate in a university disciplinary hearing. The same is true of any potential investigation by the Atlantic Coast Conference or the NCAA, which would lose its leverage over Winston -- his eligibility to play football for an NCAA member institution -- the moment he quits college football. These institutions could still conduct hearings into Winston and related decision-making by Florida State, but his absence would significantly limit their investigatory scope.
Florida State recently released a timeline of its investigation into the incident. Department of Education guidelines state that a school is required under Title IX to respond "promptly and effectively" to a reported incident of sexual violence.
The state attorney's office announced last December that it was not pursuing charges against Winston.
Winston was suspended for the Seminoles' Sept. 20 game against Clemson after he shouted an obscene phrase on campus. The reigning Heisman Trophy winner was also suspended from the Florida State baseball team after he was cited in April for shoplifting crab legs from a Publix supermarket.
Over five games this season, Winston has passed for 1,288 yards with eight touchdowns and five interceptions.