ESPN college football analyst and SEC agitator Danny Kanell came to the defense of FSU quarterback Jameis Winston in light of the Heisman Trophy winner shoving a ref during last Saturday’s game.

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Rules experts have stated Winston should have been flagged 15 yards for unsportsmanlike conduct and ultimately ejected from the game. Kanell believes Winston has been unfairly criticized of his reputation, saying if this was situation involved Tim Tebow instead of Winston, pundits would be lauding Tebow’s competitiveness.

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Both the ACC and FSU head coach Jimbo Fisher stated the contact was merely “incidental and insignificant,” however, it’s doubtful that their explanation or Kanell’s defense of Winston will satisfy many SEC fans.