Earlier today, reports came out about the possible involvement of Florida State's leading rusher Karlos Williams in an alleged domestic battery incident.
The Tallahassee Police Department released a statement via Facebook as follows:
Meanwhile, Dane Brugler, Senior NFL Draft Analyst for NFL Draft Scout and CBS Sports, tweeted out the following:
Because we are not Facebook friends with this woman, or perhaps because the post was deleted, I was unable to view the post myself.
Florida State released a statement today as well:
"The Athletics Department is aware of an investigation by the Tallahassee Police Department involving football student-athlete Karlos Williams. Until we receive more information regarding the alleged incident his status with the team will be under review."
ESPN reported earlier today that Williams was indeed practicing:
FSU RB Karlos Williams in pads, at practice. Tallahassee Police announced earlier today it's investigating him for alleged domestic battery
— Jared Shanker (@JShankerESPN) October 27, 2014
Obviously there's a lot of speculation out there with very little reportable facts to point to. If the domestic battery allegations are true, though, that could give Virginia a bit of an edge when the two teams meet in two weeks on November 8 in Tallahassee at 6:30 p.m. on ESPN.
Also, if Williams is charged with a felony, he'll be suspended indefinitely. FSU's policy is very clear on that.— TomahawkNation.com (@TomahawkNation) October 27, 2014
Williams has 82 carries on the year for 378 yards, good for 37% of the rushing attempts for the Seminoles and over 40% of Florida State's rushing yardage. Dalvin Cook and Mario Pender are the second and third rushing leaders on the team with 270 and 200 yards, respectively. He's punched in seven of the team's 16 rushing touchdowns.
If Florida State does end up suspending Williams, and there's been no signs so far that this is on the table, that could be the first of a number of things that would have to break Virginia's way to take down the undefeated Florida State Seminoles.
A little side note: there are some articles out there claiming that Williams has been or will be suspended. As of the time of this article, no such action has been taken by Florida State. The articles appear to stem from a tweet by Rick Ballou of Jacksonville's 1010XL radio:
When asked about this rumor last Friday, Fisher wasted no time denying the report. From Tomahawk Nation, here was the full exchange from the press conference:
"Jimbo, there was a report that Karlos was getting suspended, do you have any --"
"No. There's another false report, and that's amazing how things happen," Fisher said Friday. "Whoever's got sources sources, whoever got rumors, needs to check who they are talking to - because that is about as far from truth as there is."
The suspension rumor and the alleged domestic violence involvement are wholly separate matters.