Winston, Fisher had rift
The Sports Xchange
The irony is that Winston was booted out of the Seminoles’ final practice in Tallahassee leading up to the battle with Auburn because of his inattentiveness regarding the two-minute drill.
Jimbo Fisher sent Winston to the locker room on Dec. 30, the coach acknowledged in a Tuesday press conference in Newport Beach, Calif.
“The mindset that you have to have, which he had all year, I just saw it drifting,” Fisher said of the Tallahassee incident. “He waited for me to get off the field and we had a long discussion and we had it out. He’s an unbelievable guy to be able to process and transition and go right back. ...
“He learned from it, he grew from it, and I grew from it. I grow from those situations how I handle it every time with those guys, too. Wish you didn’t have to do it, but I think it just made our relationship that much stronger and we understand each other that much more.”
Auburn’s Robinson going pro
Auburn left tackle Greg Robinson will enter the 2014 NFL Draft.
The ninth overall prospect available according to NFLDraftScout.com, Robinson said following Monday’s national championship game loss that his decision became more difficult because of the defeat.
But Tuesday Robinson said he would make the jump and confirmed he received a first-round grade from the NFL draft advisory board. Texas A&M’s Jake Matthews is the top-ranked player and offensive tackle according to NFLDraftScout.com.
Manziel headed to NFL
Johnny Manziel passed on the bright lights of the ESPN stage before Monday’s national title game to announce whether he will enter the 2014 NFL Draft, but Texas A&M’s redshirt sophomore quarterback has selected his agents, according to ESPN.com.
Manziel has chosen Houston-based Select Sports Group to be his contract agency and LRMR to handle his marketing, according to the report. LRMR is the firm run by LeBron James’ business partner, Maverick Carter.
Manziel attended a Miami Heat playoff game last season, and said he and the NBA superstar regularly traded text message last summer. He was reportedly seen sitting courtside with Carter at the Heat’s game against the Golden State Warriors last week.
Manziel is currently the No. 8-rated overall player eligible this year, according to NFLDraftScout.com ratings. He is likely to be a top 10 selection should he indeed elect to leave school, but the quarterback class received a strong boost with juniors Teddy Bridgewater from Louisville and UCF’s Blake Bortles announcing they will forgo their final years of eligibility.
Father: Son was drugged
Ohio State All-Big Ten defensive lineman Noah Spence was suspended after testing positive for the street drug ecstacy, according to his father.
Spence, a sophomore, missed the Orange Bowl to serve a ban thought to be tied to use of a dietary supplement. Spence’s father, Greg Spence, told ABC27 is Harrisburg, Penn., that his son unintentionally took “a small amount of ecstacy” when he consumed a drink given to him by strangers at a party.
Greg Spence said the Big Ten suspended his son for one year, but the NCAA overruled to reduce the suspension to three games following an appeal.
He will serve the final two games of the suspension in the first two games of the 2014 season — against Navy and Georgia Tech.