Florida State dismisses QB Deondre Francois after disturbing video surfaces

Deondre Francois’ time at Florida State has come to an end.

The school announced Sunday that Seminoles head coach Willie Taggart has dismissed the quarterback from FSU’s football program. In a statement, Taggart said he informed Francois of the decision on Saturday night.

“Last night, I informed Deondre Francois that he is no longer a member of the Florida State football program,” Taggart’s statement read. “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.”

The news comes a day after Francois’ girlfriend posted a video to her Instagram account that featured audio of a man and a woman fighting. In the video, the man threatens to assault the woman and hit her in the face.

The caption of the video, which has since been deleted, said a “domestic situation” between the two has been going on for two years.

“I thought I loved him and thought he would change for the better but it has gotten worse. I lost my first child because of all of the beating and I suffer from postpartum depression,” the caption read. “This situation is taking a toll on my life. Yes, I stayed after that because I was stupid and blinded by love. This isn’t love. You are a coward and this isn’t right.”

The post tagged Francois’ Instagram account, which has since been deleted.

Francois was Florida State’s starting quarterback for most of the 2018 season. He was set to be a senior for the Seminoles in 2019. Francois emerged as the team’s starting quarterback in 2016, but missed almost all of the 2017 season due to a knee injury.

There was speculation throughout the offseason about Francois’ status at Florida State, including rumors he could pursue a graduate transfer. In January, Francois announced he would stay at FSU for the 2019 season.

Now, that no longer will be the case.

Now, that no longer will be the case. With Francois out of the picture, James Blackman becomes the favorite to be Taggart’s starting QB. Blackman started in 2017 when Francois was injured. The two competed to start ahead of the 2018 season, Taggart’s first as head coach, but Francois won the job.

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