The Office of Admissions at the University of Dallas receives hundreds of applications from transfer students every year. Transfer students are accepted and denied for a variety of reasons, including GPA and SAT or ACT score, but a particular aspect of one applicant’s personal history has affected his rejection.
The University News recently discovered that Jameis Winston, the former quarterback of the Florida State University (FSU) Seminoles, applied to UD for the spring 2015 semester. However, his application was denied solely due to the fact that he received the 2013 Heisman Trophy. According to Winston, he was just trying to find a small liberal arts school with a core curriculum that could give him a good education as he prepares for the NFL draft.
Winston specifically expressed his interest in the Philosophy of Being class.
“When I’m out there on the field, I’m thinking all the time and asking myself all kinda (sic) questions,” he said. “And they’re deep questions, stuff like ‘What I’m gonna (sic) do to celebrate my TDs? Why is Coach so angry? Why am I here? What does it mean to be here?’” Winston’s agent said he felt that FSU presented too hectic of an environment for the student-athlete as he deals with questions of maturity. Winston was also planning to pitch for the Crusaders’ baseball team.
President Thomas Keefe is a vocal supporter of the school’s decision.
“UD must stick to its mantra of ‘39 Fulbrights, 0 Heismans,’” he said. “As long as I’m at this school, I will never allow the reputation of this university to be tarnished.” Keefe solidified his stance on the issue, and told The University News that he hopes UD will never be open to Heisman winners, not even former University of Florida quarterback Tim Tebow, who is rumored to be interested in UD’s Master of Theological Studies program.
Joe Myers, head coach of the baseball team, is less than enthused about the school’s choice. Winston, who was named a 2014 Preseason All-American, would have been a huge asset to the Crusaders. Myers expressed his disappointment.
“That kid Winston has a cannon,” he said. “He would be mowing down SCAC [Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference] competition. We need him. With him, our team would finally be a dominant force.”
Local Irving grocery stores have all breathed a collective sigh of relief with the announcement of Winston’s rejection. Tom Thumb released a statement saying, “Our organization is pleased that UD won’t stand for crab thieves. It would have cost us thousands to hire security to monitor our store’s crab legs.” The Campus Safety Office also expressed concerns with Winston’s past issues with theft.
When asked for comment, Winston responded, “I was just being real. Man, I just gotta (sic) get an education and prove the haters wrong.” Winston is currently preparing himself — in disappointment — for the NFL draft in April.