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Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher had a surprise waiting for him when he walked onto the field Saturday for warmups.
Throwing the football and in full uniform was suspended quarterback Jameis Winston. Fisher, looking not too pleased, said something to Winston who then headed for the locker room, reappearing later in black sweat pants and his game jersey.
Winston then spent the game talking with his replacement, Sean Maguire, who made his first collegiate start, and getting involved in the offensive huddle on the sidelines.
And just like it had for Winston during his 2013 Heisman Trophy winning season and against The Citadel in the first home game of this season, the fans in the sold-out stadium got behind Maguire. The third-year sophomore from Sparta, N.J., received the loudest cheer during the pregame introductions.
Florida State overcame a shaky first half to defeat Clemson, 23-17, in overtime. Maguire finished 21-of-39 for 305 yards and one touchdown. He was sacked five times.
Winston, who is expected to return next week at N.C. State, originally was suspended for the first half of top-ranked Florida State’s game with No. 22 Clemson for standing on a table and shouting a profane, sexually-explicit phrase Tuesday on campus near the student union.
The penalty, announced Wednesday in a statement from FSU interim president Garnett Stokes and Athletic Director Stan Wilcox, was lengthened late Friday after FSU administrators determined Winston was not totally forthcoming about the incident. Winston reportedly told administrators he was not standing on a table when he shouted. Witnesses confirmed otherwise.
Winston, a third-year sophomore, arrived on the team bus wearing gold headphones and a BCS Championship game backpack. After one fan shouted, “here he comes,” Winston stared straight ahead, ignoring the cameras.
Winston appears to have run out of chances with alumni, boosters and former players. Already weary of his litany of missteps that included being investigated but not charged in a sexual assault accusation of an FSU student and being cited by police for shoplifting more than $32 worth of crab legs, the latest hit to the program’s – and university’s – reputation has been met with criticism from Florida State supporters across the board.
Lee Corso, the ESPN analyst who played for FSU in the mid ’50s, said on the GameDay set Saturday that “as a former player at Florida State, I am embarrassed.”
Deion Sanders said on SiriusXM radio he is among several former Seminoles, including Derrick Brooks, Warrick Dunn and Corey Fuller, who have attempted to reach out to Winston.
“All of us have spoken (to) him and tried to lead him in the right direction,” Sanders said. “But he’s a grown man. You can’t make a grown man do what he don’t want to do. He’s already walking around campus with a Heisman Trophy. Why do you need more attention?”Sun, 21 Sep 2014 00:19:26 -0700
Anu Solomon hit Austin Hill on a 47-yard Hail Mary on the game's final play and Arizona scored 36 points in the fourth quarter to pull off an improbable 49-45 win over California Saturday night.
Cal (2-1, 0-1 Pac-12) threatened to turn Arizona's whiteout into a blowout, deflating the Wildcats and their white-shirt-wearing fans with two quick scores and a 22-point halftime lead.
Arizona (4-0, 1-0) charged back behind Solomon, who threw for 520 yards and had four of his five touchdown passes in the fourth quarter.
The Wildcats recovered an onside kick after Cal was called for a batting penalty and pulled within 2 after Solomon hit Cayleb Jones on a 15-yard scoring pass.
Arizona got the ball back with less than a minute left and pulled off the miracle when Hill brought the ball down between five Cal defenders.Sat, 20 Sep 2014 23:26:06 -0700
Mountain View Police were busy Saturday night, monitoring a sold-out rave at Shoreline Amphitheatre.
By dusk, the "Beyond Wonderland" festival had already resulted in about thirty arrests. By night's end, forty people had been taken into custody for using or providing drugs such as ecstasy, LSD, or the depressant GHB.
The electronic music event invites fans to "embark on an adventure to the far side of the forest," but photos released by the police department show it was a quick trip for some.
Taken in the command post inside concert grounds, one picture shows people handcuffed and awaiting transport to the San Mateo County Jail. Another shows confiscated narcotics in a Ziplock bag.
"We had over 100 arrests last year," police spokesperson Shino Tanaka told KTVU," and we want to get the message out, have a good time but leave the other stuff at home."
The show promoter, Insomniac Productions, echoed that zero tolerance message. Amnesty bins are positioned at each entrance, offering a last chance to dump drugs -no questions asked- rather than risk seizure.
"We cannot control what they do prior to entering the event. We do what we can," Insomniac spokeswoman Jennifer Forkish told KTVU. "We have the highest standards in the industry as far as security goes, but folks will get creative."
Police and sheriff undercovers also mixed into the crowd. Amid a sea of mad hatter and white rabbit costumes, there was no telling who might actually wear a blue uniform. The surrounding parking lots were getting a lot of attention from officers too, on patrol to discourage the pre-show partying.
"Some people are kind of crazy," admitted 22-year-old fan Caitlin Connor of San Jose, "but the music, the people, the community, it's all really nice and friendly."
Connor attended last year's show as well, and said she expects to see fans under the influence.
"They're not angry or trying to fight anyone or anything," she observed, "they're just doing their own thing."
At her side was date Nick Lore of San Diego, dressed as Tweedle Dum to Connor's Tweedle Dee. "I'm not too sure what to expect because I've never been to a rave," said 20-year-old Lore, "so I'm just looking for experience, listening to some great music with Caitlin."
Responding to noise complaints from last year, Insomniac repositioned stages and speakers, and lowered the volume on the bass.
In surrounding neighborhoods, the music seemed more muted, and police said they had only received a few complaints so far.
To accommodate nearby residents, the concert will close Sunday night at 10 p.m., an hour earlier than last year.
About 50,000 people are expected to attend over the two day festival.Sat, 20 Sep 2014 23:18:46 -0700 News Source: MedleyStory More Local News Stories