FSU coach Willie Taggart announces QB Deondre Francois no longer part of football team

Willie Taggart's decision to drop Deondre Francois from the team comes a day after the quarterback's girlfriend posted a video to Instagram alleging abuse by Francois.
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida State says quarterback Deondre Francois is no longer a member of the team.

FSU head coach Willie Taggart said in a statement Sunday that he had notified Francois of his decision the night before.

Taggart’s decision to drop Francois from the team comes a day after the quarterback’s girlfriend posted a video to Instagram alleging abuse by Francois.

The Tallahassee Democrat reports that the video shows neither Francois nor the girlfriend, but a woman can be heard begging a man to stop hitting her.

Taggart says in the statement he is building a new culture for FSU football with high expectations for his players.

Francois hasn’t been charged with a crime. He couldn’t be reached and Francois’ uncle, Pat Julmiste, didn’t respond to a phone call seeking comment.