Updates from Friday, Sept. 19
Andy Staples of Sports Illustrated provides an update on Jameis Winston's status vs. Clemson:
Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston has been suspended for the first half of Saturday's game against No. 22 Clemson.
Dan Wolken of USA Today was the first to report the reigning Heisman Trophy winner's suspension:
Winston's actions came to light on Twitter on Tuesday, and The Big Lead's Jason McIntyre reported what he said (language NSFW).
According to Wolken, the sophomore signal-caller yelled the obscene phrase at the student union.
Winston apologized for his actions following the news of his suspension and provided further comments:
Warchant.com also shared video of Winston's apology:
Corey Clark of the Tallahassee Democrat tweeted out the official statement released by Florida State relating to the disciplinary decision:
Gil Brandt of NFL.com noted that Sean Maguire is set to replace Winston:
Prior to the announcement of the suspension, FSU head coach Jimbo Fisher made it clear that he wasn't pleased with Winston's actions, per Wolken.
"It was not a good decision," Fisher said. "You can't make certain statements that are derogatory or inflammatory to any person, race or gender. You have to understand that. ... You have to be very intelligent about what you say, (because) it matters."
Bleacher Report's Barrett Sallee believes that the one-half suspension is a warning shot in Winston's direction regarding the immaturity he has displayed in off-field situations:
It is clear that Florida State is sending a message since Saturday's game figures to have a big impact on the Seminoles' College Football Playoff chances.
Winston is a key piece to the puzzle, but the team will have to rally together as a whole to have success in the first half without its leader on offense against Clemson.
Follow @MikeChiari on Twitter.