FSU coach addresses shaving allegations
Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher addressed an allegation quarterback Jameis Winston was involved in point shaving.
TMZ reported Sunday the NCAA was investigating whether Winston intentionally got off to a slow start at Louisville to win a bet.
“How many reports do we get on guys all the time? We send it to the proper channels and they handle it and you move on,” Fisher said.
When asked whether the NCAA was investigating the issue, Fisher reiterated, “I just send it to the proper channels.”
A post on a gambling-related website first suggested UAB football player Chris Rabb, one of Winston’s high school teammates, placed a $5,500 bet FSU would trail Louisville during the first half despite entering the game as the favorite. The Seminoles trailed by two touchdowns at the half. Winston threw two interceptions in the first half and three total, but he went on to pass for 401 yards and three touchdowns, rallying the Seminoles to a 41-32 victory in the second half.
The gambling website listed no direct link to Winston, but it included an extensive list of bets allegedly placed by Rabb.
UAB told Al.com it is investigating the incident.
Point shaving is a criminal offense, while betting can be legal in some instances but is a violation of NCAA rules.
Winston and the Seminoles have consistently gotten off to slow starts this season before surging in the second half to win games.
After struggling early against Virginia Saturday, Winston said during postgame interviews he needed to stop hurting his team with poor play early.
“No one is harder on Jameis than Jameis,” Fisher said Monday when asked about Winston’s response to his turnovers this season. “… Jameis doesn’t want to let anybody down.”