TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Coach Jimbo Fisher said Florida State’s Jameis Winston has committed no crime and is adamant the quarterback will not miss any games this season due to an ongoing sexual assault investigation.
Fisher said Monday recent reports about the investigation haven’t revealed any new facts.
“This country is based off being innocent until proven guilty, not guilty till you’re proven innocent,” Fisher said. “There is no victim because there was no crime. We’re convicting a guy over things that are not true, based on evidence.
“There’s facts of the case and what the reports are. Public opinion wants to do what they do. They don’t get what they want. … We believe in him, 100 percent.”
Florida State announced last week it will use an independent official in the student code of conduct hearing. No hearing date has been set.
Fisher said he wasn’t concerned with the details of the hearing.
“Get it and get it over with,” Fisher said.
A female student said Winston sexually assaulted her in December 2012. Florida State Attorney Willie Meggs declined to press charges against Winston last December due to inconsistencies and flaws in the evidence.
In addition to the Winston developments, Florida State fell to No. 2 after an 18-point win against Syracuse Saturday. Mississippi State leaped over the Seminoles in the Top 25.
Fished dismissed that as well, saying if his team takes care of its business against Notre Dame in another top 10 showdown Saturday the rankings may flip-flop again.