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Jameis Winston meets first deadline in Florida State hearing process

Jameis Winston
Quarterback Jameis Winston will lead No. 2-ranked Florida State into its biggest game of the season Saturday, when they Seminoles play No. 5 Notre Dame.
(Gerry Broome / Associated Press)

Jameis Winston has complied with the first deadline in Florida State’s code of conduct hearing process, the advisor for the quarterback’s family said Friday. Lawyer David Cornwell said in a statement that Winston will cooperate with the procedure but will not “waive our right to challenge any aspect of this process.”

Winston was required to strike the name of one of three former Florida Supreme Court justices from a list that will produce the official who will conduct the hearing. Winston also had to give possible dates for an information session that will precede the formal hearing. It remains unclear when the hearing will take place.

The hearing is to determine whether four sections of the school’s code of conduct have been violated — two for sexual misconduct and two for endangerment. A former female student said Winston sexually assaulted her in December 2012. Winston was not arrested in relation to those allegations, and State Attorney Willie Meggs declined to file charges against him last December, citing a lack of evidence.

In a separate matter involving Winston, Athletic Director Stan Wilcox said Florida State was reviewing whether or not the 2013 Heisman Trophy winner received improper benefits from a large number of autographs being sold online. “At this time we have no information indicating that he accepted payment for items reported to bear his signature, thereby compromising his athletics eligibility,” Wilcox said in a statement.

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Boise State beats Fresno

Jay Ajayi ran for 158 yards and two touchdowns, and Boise State scored the final 10 points to defeat Fresno State, 37-27, Friday night in Boise, Idaho. The Broncos (5-2, 3-1 Mountain West Conference) avenged a 41-40 overtime loss at Fresno last season. Marteze Waller had 164 yards rushing for the Bulldogs (3-5, 2-2), who haven’t won in Boise since 1984.

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Greg Ward Jr. threw two touchdown passes in a 51-second span late in the third quarter to help Houston beat Temple, 31-10, in an American Athletic Conference game at Houston. Ward was 29 for 33 for 268 yards for the Cougars (4-3, 2-1). Temple is 4-2, 2-1. . . . Wyoming suspended running back D.J. May for today’s game against San Jose State because of an unspecified violation of team rules.

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