Penn State was brought down for knowingly participating in a cover up of sexual misconduct. USC was brought down by failing to reasonably investigate the eligibility of Reggie Bush. both situations were huge embarrassments for the NCAA and Downtown Athletic club We know now that Winston was identified as suspect in some capacity early on and hired a high profile criminal defense lawyer who provided an alibi without Winston giving any kind of a statement to police. We also know that the athletic department at FSU became aware of this matter early on, likely because Winston informed it he was being investigated in conjunction with a sexual battery. Why this never made it to the State Attorneys Office before now is the current burning question. But, is it realistic to think no one at the SAO was ever informed, especially when a suspect is invoking his rights against self incrimination and has hire a criminal defense lawyer? So the real question is what did the SAO know and when did they know it. Did they discuss and disclose the potential evidence to the athletic department? If so, was the athletic department aware Winston was not talking, did they do their own investigation and did Winston talk to them? The athletic department is not bound by the same rules as the criminal justice system. They have a duty to comply with all NCAA rules and to assure that its athletes are eligible. Winston has been the leading candidate for the most esteemed award in all of college athletics. The NCAA has little tolerance If Winston was not eligible and FSU either interfered with an investigation or failed to conduct its own reasonable investigation, it will be severely sanctioned. Winstongate could be huge, for the Tallahassee police, the SAO and FSU. not to mention Winston himself who may find his career completely done.