The New York Times blasted Florida State and the Tallahassee police on Wednesday, reporting that its examination of QB Jameis Winston's sexual assault case found that "there was virtually no investigation at all, either by the police or the university."
State Attorney Willie Meggs was quoted as saying that the police "just missed all the basic fundamental stuff that you are supposed to do." Specifically, Meggs was perturbed that the cops waited two weeks to contact Winston after the accuser identified him as her attacker -- and then they did so by phone. "It's insane to call a suspect on the phone," Meggs said. An internal Tallahassee police e-mail stated that the department had "received a call from the Athletic Directors Assistant inquiring about the case." The Times also reported that a second woman -- who did not accuse the QB of rape -- sought counseling after a sexual encounter with Winston. The reigning Heisman winner declined comment, and his attorney, David Cornwell, said, "We don't need an investigation, thorough or otherwise, to know that Jameis did not sexually assault this young lady."
UCLA edge rusher Anthony Barr was told by Cowboys' defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli that he could play defensive end on a 4-3 team.
"I spoke with him at length today. He showed me a lot of tape of (Julius) Peppers and Simeon Rice and (Warren) Sapp, so I think he wants me playing that defensive right end position to go after the quarterback, and that's something I'm all for," Barr, who is visiting Dallas, said. For that transition to occur, Barr would have to pack muscle onto his frame, and, perhaps more importantly, be taught how to disengage and use counter moves in close quarters. It doesn't sound like the best idea, as using his speed in space is Barr's primary strength right now. UCLA coach Jim Mora, however, agrees with Marinelli. "For a 3-4 team, he's definitely an outside linebacker," Mora said. "I do think he could weigh 260 pounds and maintain his speed and quickness, to play defensive end for a 4-3 team. He was our right end in nickel. He didn't feel comfortable going down (with a hand in the ground) and just rushed from a two-point (stance). He'll get better at that."
Texas A&M senior QB Matt Joeckel will transfer, leaving the starting QB race down to Kenny Hill and Kyle Allen.
The brother of Jaguars OT Matt graduated in December and will be eligible to play immediately, wherever he winds up. "I have loved my 4 1/2 years at Texas A&M," Matt Joeckel said. "I am glad I had the opportunity to play for Coach Sumlin, Coach [Jake] Spavital and the rest of the coaches. I am proud to have my degree from the Mays Business School and I'll always consider myself a member of the Aggie family." Meanwhile, Hill and Allen will now square off to become Johnny Manziel's heir. Hill has more experience, but he was was arrested for public intoxication and suspended indefinitely last month. Allen is the No. 1 quarterback recruit in the land. Whoever wins the gig is likely to put up big numbers.
Towson RB Terrance West is visiting the Seahawks on Wednesday, according to NFL.com's Gil Brandt.
Per Brandt and other reports, West visited the Ravens on Monday and the Vikings on Tuesday. He also previously worked out for the Cardinals and had an official visit with the Titans. There is a chance that West will be the first non-FBS player off the board, but he'll battle Jimmy Garoppolo, Billy Turner and Pierre Desir for that title.
The Cowboys used one of their 30 visits to host Florida DT Dominique Easley, according to Bryan Broaddus.
Per Broaddus, Easley's medical recheck is scheduled to take place in late April, but the Cowboys got a jump on his development thanks to the visit. We still consider Easley a top 10 talent due to his disruptive ability from the interior. Teams could see him as a one or three technique. Easley is recovering from a second torn ACL, one in each knee.
The Ravens, Falcons, Patriots, Colts, Browns and Jets are showing the most interest in Missouri edge rusher Michael Sam, according to the Baltimore Sun's Aaron Wilson.
Sam will likely be a fifth- to seventh-round selection. He produced at a high rate last season, but Sam is a bit of a one trick pony, utilizing an edge rip move to beat heavy footed offensive tackles. He fails to use his hands to jolt opponents to the chest or work inside.
Oregon State edge rusher Scott Crichton visited the Broncos on Wednesday.
Crichton previously visited the Cowboys on Tuesday and is headed to the Chargers on Thursday. Each team could use edge rushing helps, and Crichton offers it in the form of a straight-line rusher with power at the point of attack. He lacks bend but has a great motor.
Panthers WR coach Ricky Proehl is visiting FSU on Wednesday.
Proehl will obviously be taking a look at Kelvin Benjamin, but could also be checking out Kenny Shaw. Scrolling through Proehl's twitter feed, he has recently taken visits to Coastal Carolina, Indiana, Vanderbilt, Wyoming, Fresno State, USC and Oregon State.