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Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston settles with woman accuser

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Tampa Bay Bucs’ quarterback Jameis Winston can just worry about the playoffs. If anything else was on Winston’s mind, he put it to rest Thursday when he and accuser Erica Kinsman have reached a settlement in her lawsuit. John Clune, a lawyer for the woman, Erica Kinsman, on Wednesday night confirmed a report first published by TMZ Sports, saying, “The case has been resolved to the satisfaction of the parties.” Kinsman, who said she was raped by Winston when the…

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State of Florida filled with quality head football coaches

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The roster of Tampa Bay college coaches grew again Monday, when ESPN reported that Florida Atlantic University had agreed on a new contract with Lane Kiffin. Kiffin, who has been the offensive coordinator at the University of Alabama, had been mentioned for several openings before agreeing to join the Owls. Kiffin might have gotten a bigger head coaching job if not for his reputation of jumping one school for another. Regardless, the roster of coaches in the state schools is…

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Michigan looks for another holiday in Florida in Orange Bowl

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A year ago, Michigan took out its frustrations on a Florida team in a Florida Bowl. Might it happen again? The Wolverines are a touchdown favorite to beat FSU in this season’s Orange Bowl. A year ago, Michigan won an easy game against Florida, 41-7, in the Citrus Bowl. The game could end up being a game of chase-the-quarterback. FSU leads in the nation in sacks, and Michigan is fourth. If you consider sacks-per-game, Michigan is second. The Wolverines are…

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FSU’s Dalvin Cook not invited to Heisman Trophy presentation

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Run as he might, Dalvin Cook could never catch up to the Heisman Trophy Cook, FSU’s star running back, was not among the five players invited to New York for the Heisman ceremony. Those players included Louisville’s Lamar Jackson, Clemson’s Deshaun Watson, Michigan’s Jabrill Peppers and Oklahoma’s Baker Mayfield and receiver DeDe Westbrook. The latter two, teammates, might come as a surprise. The Heisman will be awarded Saturday night. Cook has scored 19 total touchdowns this season, and rushed for 1,620…

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12 of this year’s college Bowl games that are worth watching

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Bowls, bowls, everywhere bowls. There are Taxslayer Bowls and Nova Home Bowls and Motel 6 Bowls. There’s a Potato Bowl and a Poinsettia Bowl and a Popeye’s Bowl. There are Bowls on every day of the week. But which ones should you watch? A dozen bowls you shouldn’t miss. 1. National Championship Game, Jan. 9, Tampa, Fla.: Will it be an Alabama-Clemson rematch? Will it be Nick Saban vs. Urban Meyer? Can the maligned Washington Huskies sneak through? This is…

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FSU to play Michigan in Orange Bowl; Florida meets Iowa in Outback

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Jimbo Fisher vs. Jim Harbaugh. As explosive as these two are, a bomb squad may have to officiate this year’s Orange Bowl. The bowl schedule was announced Sunday afternoon, including a meeting between Harbaugh’s Michigan team against Fisher’s FSU team to be played on Dec. 30. Both Fisher and Harbaugh were fined for criticizing officials this season. Other bowl games including Florida teams include Florida vs. Iowa in the Outback Bowl on Jan. 2, Miami vs. West Virginia in the…

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Could the bowl season include a Jimbo Fisher-Jim Harbaugh match-up?

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Would you be interested in seeing FSU’s Jimbo Fisher coach against LSU? It’s possible. Or how about Fisher going head-to-head with Michigan’s Jim Harbaugh? That’s possible, too. Those are two of the possible scenarios for upcoming bowl season, according to ESPN’s Mark Schlabach and Brent McMurphy. Schlabach sees the Seminoles playing LSU in the Cirtrus Bowl in Orlando on Dec. 31. McMurphy sees them playing Michigan in the Orange Bowl on Dec. 30. This is the last week such speculation…

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