“Ask Jameis” goes off the rails for Florida State


With Jameis Winston destined to play in the NFL in 2015 (if he’s no longer willing to be exploited by the NCAA) or 2016 (if comes January he is), he continues to be a relevant and polarizing presence in football.

He was extremely relevant and polarizing on Sunday, as proven by the latest misguided effort to control Twitter.

Like other hashtags beginning with “ask” (for example, a disastrous “#AskGoodell” effort hatched by the NFL in May), the “#AskJameis” campaign launched by Florida State went off the rails quickly.  And it has remained one of the top U.S. trending topics throughout the day.

Deadspin has a collection of the more creative efforts.  The broader lesson is that, while Twitter has plenty of valuable uses, it’s impossible to get it to do what you want it to do.  Especially when using a hashtag with the word “ask” in it.

29 responses to ““Ask Jameis” goes off the rails for Florida State

  1. If Jameis or anyone else feels like they are exploited getting a free education to play football, they are free to quit and leave.

    The universities offer free education in exchange for football players to play football. If they feel like they can earn more money playing somewhere else, or doing something else, they are free to do so. Doesn’t make sense that they force the colleges to change their offers to college athletes. No one holds a gun to their head and forces them to play.

  2. *Yawns*

    Haters will hate. I don’t think any of this would get to him… he seems chill and easy-going. Mentally tough too.

    You’ll see as FSU dominates this year.

  3. So… You saying he’s relevant makes him relevant?
    He’s a year or so away from being even remotely relevant in the context of the NFL…
    Regardless of what you say.
    The Twitter thing IS funny, though. It’s amazing how often it blows up in someone’s face.

  4. Truthfactory: you are correct nobody holds a gun to there head but they don’t allow them to work and play ball and they have to stay there 3 years before they go pro and up until 2 days ago they where able to use there likeness for profits for video games. And as for the free education. Yeh it’s a perk but like I heard someone say a long time ago:

  5. The universities offer free education in exchange for football players to play football. If they feel like they can earn more money playing somewhere else, or doing something else, they are free to do so. Doesn’t make sense that they force the colleges to change their offers to college athletes. No one holds a gun to their head and forces them to play.


    Universities also reap the rewards of having a star player at their university. Winston and even Manziel are examples. Clowney too. Exposure. Money. Positive things really (as far as the schools go).

    Now there is a loophole where Universites can pay for a players insurance (in reality, the NCAA pays for it, Universities pay premium). FSU is paying for Winston.

    Gotta at least give it some consideration. These players are the “face” of their university, so to speak.

  6. These PR people really don’t get how twitter works. They figure they can pick only the “good” questions for people to see. They don’t quite get that anyone can use the hashtag and everyone sees it.

  7. Accounting firms also reap those same rewards. I worked a gazillion hours without OT because that was the stage that was set. I don’t feel sorry for football players at all. I didn’t get credit for lifting weights. You are a grown adult free to make your own decisions. I could have chosen to be a gravel truck driver, but once I made my choice I wasn’t about to put out my hand and ask for something that I knew wasn’t originally in the offing.

  8. This is what, the second article on Winston in a month?

    We get it Mike, you don’t like Jameis Winston. But he’s a COLLEGE athlete. This is Profootballtalk.com.

    There’s 32 NFL teams and thousands of NFL players, cover them instead of grabbing the low hanging fruit on an amateur football player


    But it is an institution of higher learning, not a football vocational school.

  10. Wines hard, you or me working at our jobs is not the same as a star athlete. You and I are both totally replaceable (don’t kid yourself into thinking otherwise; if CEOs and all levels of vps can be replaced, so can everyone else). If we called our bosses tomorrow and said we quit, we would be forgotten by the company in less than a month (only very poorly run groups and/or companies miss a beat when an employee leaves). Sure we want to think we are more important than that, but it’s not true (and why you shouldn’t work too much unpaid OT and should make sure to spend more adequate time with friends/family).

    But athletes like Winston bring the university millions. They sell jersies with his number (even without the name we know who it is). They sell photos of him, and they get kickbacks from ea sports for using any fsu likeness, including Winston. Your accounting firm isn’t profiting off of you like that. Sure they might bill your rate to clients at a much higher rate than they are paying you, but it’s not making them millions (and again, they could do that with any other accountant). Stats show that university enrollments even increase when the sports teams do well. That’s additional money a player like Winston is helping fsu earn. I can say with 100% certainty that as awesome as I believe myself to be, my presence at my company isn’t bringing other analysts banging down the door to work at the same place I do.

  11. You’d think they’d learn. You can’t control the internet, don’t even interact with the internet. #Ask Campaigns will NEVER go as hoped. Ever!

    You’re just asking for trolls, especially when when it’s about somebody that stole crab legs that the internet previously had a field with for giggles. I’m not touching the rape thing.

  12. The problem with college sports is that the players cannot ply their trade for money. There is a monopoly on football programs for 18 to 20 year olds.

    I agree that colleges are institutes of higher learning. So why do they even have football programs? Or better yet, why do they even give out scholarships?

    The major college football programs and basketball as well make a mockery of the term student athlete. These players often would not be on campus if they weren’t athletes. The players also frequently fail to attend class, study or do their own work. Don’t think that is uncommon behavior.

    Not to mention, the most successful schools are paying their players anyway. As Charles Barkley said, if you ain’t cheating you ain’t trying.

    Big time college football makes way too much money for the presidents and athletic directors to begin running things with academics in mind. We might as well put things above board and start paying players for their benefit to the universities. Let’s end the hypocracy and end the advantages that the cheating schools have over the ones playing by the rules.

  13. Why should there even be athletic scholarships? Serious question.

    Maybe the reason is colleges see the athletic scholarship as a financial investment to get more donations and royalties off TV contracts, etc from the “student athlete.”

    The NCAA is quite honestly one of the last remnants of slavery left in the USA. Get rid of it.

  14. This guy has a long way to go to rehab his image if that is possible. To have done this to elicit words of wisdom from him is ill timed. Should this guy become a superior QB in the NFL, he will be more tolerated and that is if he can keep his nose clean. Hopefully he is learning lessons and can make something of himself. He needs to figure out if he wants to be a QB failure or a QB success in the league.

  15. Why would we put heisman qb in same sentence as TE. It’s lazy if we just decide not to pay anyone because we can’t differentiate between the starting qb and a backup te. With all the crazy algorithms stats guys come up with, I’m sure it wouldn’t take long for someone to figure out a fair compensation breakdown.

    College football makes billions in revenue. I’m not saying we MUST pay the players. But in a capitalistic or democratic society, why should I sit back and say someone should not be paid if others are willing to pay them (and there are plenty of people that would gladly pay the players)?

    And I get it that some people think a scholarship is enough. But if the market wants to pay a player additional money on top of that then who are we to say no? 70k is enough money for us all to live on, but if our career market says we should earn more than that, are we not going to take it? But yeah, college players should just take the scholarship and shut up, even if they could earn millions.

  16. Also, I went to a Florida university on a state scholarship. When I was a junior I started applying to internships. The school’s business department highly discouraged unpaid internships in part because these companies were going to use our services for profit so they should pay us. I don’t see why the same philosophy wouldn’t apply to athletes (yes, I’m saying that playing football for a player like Winston is his internship before his professional career in the nfl. And to be clear again, in my internships, we were not all paid the same, and in fact some weren’t paid at all. So it really shouldn’t be that complicated).

  17. It’s almost like the baby boomers running PR for these big programs don’t know much about the internet.

  18. Since the players get a free education, many of them aren’t wired to take advantage of this free education. Pay them or let them go. It’s early.

  19. Sorry. I just can’t take any argument about the value of higher education seriously by a guy who doesn’t know the difference between “there” and “their” …

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