TALLAHASSEE – Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston will be suspended for the first half of Saturday's showdown with Clemson after reportedly yelling obscenities on campus.
Deadspin.com first reported that Winston stood on top of a table on campus and yelled a profane phrase that has become a popular joke among college students.
A joint statement released by interim President Garnett Stokes and athletics director Stan Wilcox said FSU's student-athletes are “expected to uphold at all times high standards of integrity and behavior that reflect well upon themselves, their families, coaches, teammates, the Department of Athletics and Florida State University.”
The statement went on to refer to Winston's comments as “offensive and vulgar” and said that he'll receive internal discipline.
The suspension came about an hour after coach Jimbo Fisher said on a teleconference that FSU was considering a punishment for Winston. The third-year sophomore won the Heisman Trophy and led the Seminoles to a national title in 2013.
Fisher said at the time that the university was “deciding” an appropriate consequence.
“It was not a good decision,” Fisher said. “You can't make statements that are derogatory. You have to understand that.”
Third-year sophomore Sean Maguire will start in Winston's place.
Maguire has 144 passing yards and two touchdowns in his career as a reserve. He entered spring of 2013 as FSU's fourth-team quarterback before Clint Trickett and Jacob Coker both transferred.