Devonte Fields announced Wednesday via Twitter that he was leaving TCU and transferring to Stephen F Austin. The school made it official Thursday.
Fields, the preseason defensive player of the year was separated from TCU after an allegation that he attacked his girlfriend on July 20th and he turned himself in four days later after a misdemeanor assault warrant.
After a hearing with school officials it was determined that Fields had broken the schools code of conduct and he would be separated from the school. After the hearing Fields choose not to appeal the ruling and transfer to FCS Stephen F Austin where he will be eligible to play immediately.
The former Big 12 freshman defensive player of the year in 2012 was previously suspended for two games in 2013 for a violation of team rules.
The transfer to the FCS school raises a red flag. What school with any integrity admits a student that is currently up on assault charges? Granted, the charge is a misdemeanor, but none the less an assault charge on a female doesn’t look very good does it?
Why did officials at Stephen F Austin admit Fields? Simple, if they didn’t a rival team would have. Yes the AD or the President could have put a stop to the transfer but no FCS AD or President is going to stop his school from getting the chance to have one of the best defensive players in the country play for their school just weeks before the season kicks off.
Devonte Fields will put butts in seats and help the team win, ultimately helping with what school presidents and AD’s covet most: money, exposure, and increasing the bottom line.