Devonte Fields, the All Big-12 Defensive Player of the Year in 2012, announced this week he is transferring to Stephen F. Austin to play football. But TCU school officials said not so fast on Friday, and today Fields is a man without a school or a team.
The former TCU defensive star was “separated” from TCU, in the words of the university, after being accused of assaulting his ex-girlfriend, in a late July incident. Fields reportedly turned himself in to police four days later after being served wutg a misdemeanor assault warrant.
National news sources, including ESPN.com, reported this past week that TCU had originally agreed to allow Fields to transfer to Stephen F. Austin and play football. Under an NCAA transfer waiver, Fields would have been able to play immediately for another school.
ESPN.com reported that Fields met with TCU school officials earlier last week, but after the hearing, school officials refused to lift the suspension. TCU officials stated that the reason for the so-called separation was because Fields had violated the school’s code of student conduct based on a “preponderance of evidence.”
In an official statement issued by Stephen F. Austin, school officials said:
“After originally agreeing to grant a release to Devonte Fields, which would allow him to enroll and play football at Stephen F. Austin University, Texas Christian University has since convened a committee and declared that Fields’ violation of the student honor code has warranted his suspension from the school.
“In light of these developments, Fields has decided not to enroll at SFA.”
Fields has appealed the decision by TCU not to grant his release to enroll at SFA, which should be ruled on next week, according to ESPN.com sources.
If the current ruling stands, Fields would have two options available to him if he wants to continue playing football. He could sit out the 2014 season and declare for the 2015 NFL draft, or the third-year sophomore could attend a junior college and continue playing at the college level immediately.