A major college football program just announced that it’s starting quarterback has been kicked off the team.
Florida State head coach Willie Taggart released a statement announcing returning starting quarterback Deondre Francois has been dismissed from the football program.
“Last night, I informed Deondre Francois that he is no longer a member of the Florida State football program. As we build a new culture and foundation for FSU football, we have high expectations for all of our student-athletes and we will not shy away from those high standards of conduct. We are moving forward as a program,” Taggart said in a statement.
Florida State coach Willie Taggart has dismissed QB Deondre Francois from the football team. pic.twitter.com/JnenNUf3yL
— Matt Fortuna (@Matt_Fortuna) February 3, 2019
The news comes on the heels of a video documenting alleged verbal and physical abuse by Francois to his girlfriend. The video was posted to her Instagram accounted and quickly deleted, but not before the audio was captured and posted on Twitter.
Clearly, Willie Taggart was made aware of the incident and decided on swift action. This is the second time Francois’ girlfriend accused him of abuse, but the first case was dropped.
Florida State backup quarterback James Blackman entered his name into the transfer portal earlier this month, but this news likely means he’ll return to the Seminoles for the 2019 season.