Jameis Winston reportedly cited for stealing crab legs

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Yep, you read that correctly.

In a case that goes along the lines of he fought the claw and the claw won, SBNation.com is reporting that Jameis Winston was issued a misdemeanor citation Tuesday for allegedly stealing crab legs from a local Publix.  No details surrounding the crustacean caper were revealed, and the school has yet to comment on the incident.

It’s unclear if Winston will be in line for a show-claws from the NCAA, although there’s little doubt he’ll find himself on the wrong side of Santa Claws’ naughty/nice list for being shellfish.

Or, as Mark Ennis put it:

All puns aside, this is at least the fourth run-in with the law during Winston’s brief time with the Seminoles.

Infamously, the reigning Heisman winner was accused of raping an FSU student in late 2012 although no charges were ever filed.  Additionally, there were reportedly incidents involving a BB gun fight and stealing ketchup from a Burger King, although no charges were filed in either of those incidents as well.

UPDATED 11:19 a.m. ET:  A couple of notes to pass along in relation to this “story,” as well as a brilliantly-crafted photoshop of Winston and his ill-gotten booty.

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UPDATED 11:46 p.m. ET: Winston was issued a citation by the Leon County Sheriff’s Department, not the Tallahassee Police Department.  The LCSD will conduct a press conference at 2 p.m. ET this afternoon to discuss the situation.

Additionally, TomahawkNation.com is reporting that Winston, a two-sport star at FSU, “will be fined $30, required to do community service and will be suspended from the baseball team.”  It’s unknown if he will face punitive measures from the football team as well.

Air Force football sanctioned for recruiting violations

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AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. — The Air Force football program received two years of probation from the NCAA and had its squad size reduced by 10 for four years as part of its sanctions for recruiting violations.

The penalties were announced Thursday after Air Force and four individuals reached an agreement with NCAA enforcement staff on recruiting violations. A fifth individual in the case has contested their role and will be heard by the committee on infractions.

The sanctions also include a fine and a reduction of 46 total official visits for the football program in the 2022-23 and `23-24 academic years. In addition, there’s a prohibition on unofficial visits in football from Sept. 1 through Oct. 12, 2022, and a reduced number of evaluation days this fall.

Air Force has around 115 players on its varsity roster, plus a JV team that all count as NCAA athletes and its roster size.

“The (committee) appreciates the parties’ efforts in working collaboratively together to reach agreement on the violations, levels, classifications, and significant and meaningful penalties,” Gary Miller, the chief hearing officer for the panel and president at Akron, said in a statement. “The panel also recognizes that Air Force has gone above and beyond in its overall approach to this case.”

In a joint statement, Air Force Academy Superintendent Lt. Gen. Richard Clark and director of athletics Nathan Pine said: “The U.S. Air Force Academy is pleased that our case has progressed to the point of the NCAA accepting our negotiated resolution. We will continue working with the NCAA on this ongoing self-reported case from the COVID dead period, as it’s our responsibility to ensure integrity of the institution, athletics department, cadet-athletes and staff.”

The Falcons are off to a 3-1 start and host Navy on Saturday to begin the Commander-in-Chief’s Trophy competition. The trophy is presented to the service academy with the best record in the round-robin format.

Florida shakes up secondary after dismal game at Tennessee

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Florida coach Billy Napier is shaking up his secondary after the Gators allowed 349 yards passing – including 247 of those on eight plays – in a loss at Tennessee.

Safety Trey Dean, a fifth-year senior who has started 32 games and played in 54, is out with what Florida is calling a “lower leg injury.” But no one would be surprised if Napier was quietly benching Dean after he made two mental errors against the Volunteers that resulted in 70- and 45-yard gains and set up touchdowns.

Freshman Kamari Wilson will replace Dean and make his first college start Sunday against Eastern Washington.

Cornerback Jaydon Hill will join Wilson in the starting lineup. Hill, a third-year sophomore, will make his first start since 2020. He missed the 2021 season with a torn knee ligament. He impressed Napier and his new staff in the spring but sat out preseason camp with another knee injury.

Hill will replace sophomore Avery Helm, who also struggled against the Vols.

“You talk about what he’s been through from an injury perspective,” Napier said following practice Wednesday. “Jaydon was one of the better players that we had on our team in spring practice. I was very impressed . It’s no surprise to me. He showed pretty quickly here that he’s very capable. I’m excited to watch him play.”

Georgia transfer Jalen Kimber, a former five-star recruit, is now listed as a third-team cornerback. Kimber played just 11 snaps in Knoxville a week after he returned an interception for a touchdown in a 31-28 win against South Florida.

“I like to say we try to eliminate the bad football,” Napier said. “Talking about mental errors, misalignments, poor communication, bad fundamentals and techniques, bad decision-making within the play. … We have a laundry list of things that we need to eliminate each week.

“Last week’s game, I thought we were really close, but there’s 12 or 15 plays in the game where Florida is beating Florida. We’ve got a smart group here. I think they’re very aware of what the issues are, and I think they’re working hard to address those issues.”