Report: Jimbo Fisher ends media session after Winston questions
Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher ended a session with reporters after he was asked about the fairness of his reputation being impacted by the controversy surrounding Jameis Winston, according to a report from CBSSports.com.
Fisher said he was told that he wouldn't be asked non-football questions related to Winston.
"Why is my reputation taking a hit? For backing a kid who has done nothing wrong?" Fisher said. "I don't want to get into this. The questions weren't supposed to be asked today. I'm done. I'm done."
Winston reportedly received notice in a letter earlier this month that he faces a student conduct hearing over allegations that he sexually assaulted a fellow Florida State student in December 2012. Winston's attorney said Friday that his client met the first deadline of the disciplinary process.
Prior to cutting short the interview session, Fisher -- who has indicated he is not concerned about the quarterback's status this season -- responded to a question about the hearing.
Fisher was asked whether there was any news on a university disciplinary hearing for Winston related to a rape accusation that never produced criminal charges. "We're moving on with Louisville and talking about the other things," Fisher said. "Everything should be great."
Later Monday, Fisher indicated in an interview with AL.com that he would not be loath to punish Winston if new information emerges and that the date of the hearing has not been determined.
In town to speak to the Monday Morning Quarterback Club at the Harbert Center downtown, Fisher said he'd be willing to discipline Winston "if the facts change."
"I base my decisions on the facts," he said. "If the facts change, we change whatever goes on. But we believe in everything so far and we have no reason not to."
Florida State director of athletics Stan Wilcox issued a statement last week in light of speculation over whether Winston autographed items for money. "At this time we have no information indicating that he accepted payment for items reported to bear his signature, thereby compromising his athletics eligibility," read part of the statement.
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.
CBSSports.com reported Monday that Winston will declare for the 2015 NFL draft "no matter what happens in the second half of the season."
Winston completed 23 of his 31 pass attempts for 273 yards with two touchdowns and an interception in Saturday's 31-27 win over Notre Dame. Over six games this season, Winston has passed for 1,878 yards with 13 touchdowns and six interceptions.
Florida State (7-0), which is ranked second in the latest AP Poll, plays at Louisville on Oct. 30.
- Chris Johnson