While Heisman-race impact should be the last question surrounding a complaint of sexual battery against Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston, the Heisman race is an annual fixation among college football fans. Anything that might impact the race matters in those circles.
So the question becomes how such news might impact voting, which will take place over the next few weeks. This voter will decide on what I know by the time ballots must be cast.
Emphasize "know," which does not equal "believe."
I don't see Heisman voters being in the business of deciding guilt or innocence in criminal or NCAA matters. That's how I treated the then-unresolved NCAA probe into Cam Newton's recruitment in 2010, and the NCAA ultimately found "there's nothing there".
I'll treat the investigation of a far more serious complaint regarding Winston the same, and the near-year-old case has produced no charges. If there's no significant change for the worse between now and the voting deadline, then this voter's evaluation of Winston remains unchanged.
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