Jarquez Smith had six of Florida State's school record-tying 15 blocked shots and scored eight consecutive points during a pivotal stretch to help the Seminoles beat South Florida 75-62 Saturday in the Orange Bowl Classic.
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The Florida State men's basketball team remains a work in progress 11 games into the season, but Saturday afternoon's 75-62 victory over South Florida in the Orange Bowl Classic at BB&T Center offered a glimpse into its potential.
Quarterback Jameis Winston has had quite a career at Florida State in just two seasons. He has been awarded the Heisman, his team has won a national championship, and he is riding an undefeated record as a starter. There has also been a slew of off-field issues and missteps, including a recently wrapped code of conduct hearing that is still without a decision.
Jameis Winston cleared in Florida State code-of-conduct hearing
It's true. This year's No. 3 ranked Florida State team is not as dominant as last season's. Week in and week out, it was a struggle, a dogfight for the defending national champions. At the end of the year, however, the Seminoles find themselves once again undefeated, just like last season, and awaiting a date with the Oregon Ducks in the Rose Bowl, the same venue as their BCS victory.
Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston was cleared of the accusations he faced at a student code of conduct hearing involving an alleged sexual assault two years ago, according to documents obtained by The Associated Press on Sunday.
In a made-for-TV matchup that just might challenge the non-championship bowl ratings record, defending national champion Florida State heads west to Pasadena on the heels of a by-the-skin-of-its-teeth regular season. No. 2 Oregon awaits.
A copy of the decision, dated Dec. 19, written by retired Florida Supreme Court Justice Major Harding in the Jameis Winston Florida State code-of-conduct hearing was obtained by FOX Sports.
The message with the hiring of Oliver Luck to be the No. 2 to NCAA president Mark Emmert in a newly created position of executive vice president of regulatory affairs? The NCAA finally understands that as the big-money world of collegiate sports is rapidly changing around it, it must change too â and quickly.