TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher is confident Jameis Winston will not miss the No. 2 Seminoles' game against No. 5 Notre Dame on Saturday or any game this season despite an upcoming university student conduct code hearing that stems from an alleged December 2012 sexual assault of another Florida State student.
In a letter sent to Winston and his attorney on Friday, which ESPN.com's Mark Schlabach obtained, FSU interim president Garnett Stokes and vice president for student affairs Mary B. Coburn informed Winston he could be charged with as many as four violations of the university's code of conduct.
The possible punishments range from a written or verbal reprimand to expulsion.
"None," Fisher answered when asked about his level of concern Winston could miss games.
Asked why he felt so confident, Fisher replied, "I know the facts of the case. The facts haven't changed in the case. We know the report and know everything out there. There's nothing new out there. We've been through this."
Winston was not criminally charged in December 2013 following an investigation by Willie Meggs, the state attorney for the Second Judicial Circuit. However, the Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights is investigating Florida State's handling of the case and whether the school properly carried out its mandatory Title IX responsibilities.
Winston did not miss any games while under investigation in 2013. He won the Heisman Trophy and led Florida State to an undefeated season and the national championship.
Fisher was emotional during his weekly news conference Monday when defending Winston. His support of Winston has not waned over the past year and he said Monday, "We believe in him 100 percent."
"Read the reports and read what's there," Fisher said. "The facts are the facts. I see stories written that don't have all the facts and taint them toward their side. This country is based on being innocent until proven guilty, not guilty until proven innocent. I don't want [any victims] ... but there is no victim because there was no crime. We're [publicly] convicting a guy over things that are not true based on evidence. There is no evidence."
In a little more than two years at Florida State, Winston has generated a list of off-field headlines and incidents. In September, he was suspended for one game for using an obscene phrase on campus. He was also involved in a BB gun incident in 2012 in which $4,000 worth of damage was caused, and The New York Times reported several Florida State players have been part of an ongoing BB gun game for the past two years. A June 2014 BB gun incident resulted in FSU players Dalvin Cook, Trey Marshall and Jesus Wilson being charged with misdemeanor criminal mischief, according to The New York Times.
The Times' article indicated Florida State football players have received preferential treatment from Tallahassee police. Fisher vehemently denied that assertion.
"I think it's exactly the opposite," Fisher said. Asked to elaborate as to why he felt the way, he tersely added, "The facts of it."
Fisher said players involved in the BB gun incidents have been disciplined internally. Kentucky and NC State recently suspended players for actions involving the use of BB guns.