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Prosecutors to re-try Kellen Winslow on unresolved charges this fall

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Prosecutors in San Diego will retry former Miami Hurricanes and NFL star Kellen Winslow II on the eight remaining counts that are unresolved against him.

The announcement came from assistant district attorney Dan Owens at a Friday morning hearing in San Diego County Superior Court. Owens relayed that the five women who testified against Winslow in his two-week trial are ready to proceed and face him again.

The court set jury selection for September 30th to begin the new proceedings of criminal charges. They include six felonies with two counts of rape, as well as a sodomy charge. Winslow will also be retried on the two misdemeanor charges of elderly battery and abuse.

Judge Blaine Bowman declared a mistrial on Tuesday after jurors had remained deadlocked for over a week on the eight remaining charges. Winslow had been convicted a day earlier on one of the rape charges against one of the Jane Doe anonymous accusers, a homeless woman in her 50s. Winslow is facing life in prison on all of the charges.

Bowman polled the jurors about being deadlocked and it was damning for Winslow and his defense. The jurors had voted 7 to 5 convict him of raping Jane Doe #1 (another homeless woman in her 50s) and, then, 10 to 2 that he had sodomized Jane Doe #2, the homeless woman in her late 50s he was convicted of raping.

The jurors were polled more and revealed that they had been deadlocked but with an overwhelming 10 to 2 vote that he had raped a now 33 year old, Jane Doe #4, who had been a 17 year old high school student in 2003. She claimed in court that Winslow raped her at a home in San Diego in the summer 2003, while he was a junior at the University of Miami.

Winslow is a former All American tight end from the Miami Hurricanes from 2001-03 and played 9 seasons in the NFL, including three with the Buccaneers from 2009-11. He was the sixth overall pick by the Browns in the 2004 draft and is the son of former Chargers great and Hall of Fame inductee, Kellen Winslow.

Winslow’s lawyers ask the court to delay sentencing on his four convictions until the eight new charges can be resolved. They say they plan to appeal those convictions.

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Florida follows California’s lead on paying college athletes

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California is blue. Florida is red. The two states now share the same outlook on college athletes gaining more green.

In late September, California’s Democratic governor, Gavin Newsom, signed Senate Bill 206, allowing college athletes to profit from sales of their name, image and likeness, and to retain scholarships even while signing endorsement deals with companies and earning added income.

The legislation does not allow schools to directly pay athletes, but it does enable athletes to venture into commercial activity, effective in 2023. The NCAA has a few years, then, to adjust to the current reality. So far, it has opposed SB 206.

Would another state – especially a high-profile one with a large recruiting pool – follow California’s lead? Florida, though led by a Republican governor, has done just that.

On Thursday, as reported by Emily Mahoney of the Tampa Bay Times, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis announced his support of legislation to enable college athletes to profit off their name, image and likeness.

It is significant that a big recruiting-magnet state such as Florida joined California. It is also significant that a Republican governor expressed (rare) agreement with deep-blue California’s efforts, creating a bipartisan dimension to support for this particular policy.

DeSantis (above) said California is on “the right track” with its legislation. He said that if Florida’s legislature can pass this legislation, the NCAA might need “to reevaluate” its position on the matter.

“I’m confident those issues can be addressed in a way that will maintain college athletics as really special thing but also provide the ability for our student athletes to be able to benefit just like anybody else would be able to benefit,” DeSantis said.

The bipartisan nature of this effort in Florida was affirmed by the fact that Florida Representative Kionne McGhee, the state’s House Democratic minority leader, filed one of the bills DeSantis supports. Rep. McGhee appeared with DeSantis on Thursday in a public show of cross-party unity.

California is often seen as an example of what NOT to do by Republicans in particular and conservatives in general. Thursday’s news represents an exception to that reality.

It offers an interesting new plot twist in the way this larger set of issues is perceived in collegiate athletics.

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Former USF QB Quinton Flowers returns to Tampa in XFL

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Next February, the XFL Football League will reemerge in its reformed version by Vince McMahon. On Tuesday, the league’s eight teams were making preparation’s with a draft of players. And, this includes the Tampa Bay franchise, The Vipers, who in the 5th round, selected former USF Bulls quarterback, Quinton Flowers. 

Even though his previous seasons in Tampa have been spent under center, he has been selected as a running back for the Vipers.

 

We wrote previously, that a local high school and SEC star, Aaron Murray was given to them as their starting Quarterback.

Murray has ties to the Tampa Bay area, as a native who led Plant High School to a State Football Championship. He’s also the Southeastern Conference all-time leader in completions passing yards and passing touchdowns in a career.

Murray briefly was with the Kansas City Chiefs, Arizona Cardinals and Philadelphia Eagles from 2014-16.

He was last seen quarterbacking earlier this year in the now-defunct Alliance of American football with the Atlanta Legends (above) franchise. They selected Murray for the same regional interest of him having played college ball down the road in Athens, Georgia.

As for Flowers, in his time at USF he threw for 8,124 yards, 71 TDs and 23 INTs while also rushing for 3672 yards and 41 TDs.

Though he had a record-breaking career at USF (he owned or shared 34 school records), there was lots of debate about the dual-threat’s quarterback to succeed professionally.  Flowers was dominant as a run-heavy QB, and he became #1 in the schools career rushing attempts, career rush yards, single season rush yards, rush yards and attempts by a quarterback, rushing touchdowns in a season, career rushing touchdowns, and yards per rush in a season.

Many scouts felt as though he needed to consider a position change from quarterback if he hopes to succeed in the NFL, which ended up happening when he was signed by the Cincinnati Bengals, as an undrafted free agent in 2018 as a running back. After being waived the following summer, the Colts signed him to the practice squad, but then released him six days later.

Now, in the second ever XFL Draft, Flowers went number 37 overall, is returning to not only the same city, but same stadium that he took four years of snaps in during college.

The XFL have continued to fill out rosters in the Tuesday draft, with numerous players from Florida or Florida schools working out regionally for all of the clubs.

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