Devonte Fields Transfers to Stephen F. Austin After TCU Dismissal

Tim Daniels@TimDanielsBRFeatured ColumnistJuly 22, 2014

USA Today

Updates from Thursday, Aug. 14

Carlos A. Mendez of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported on Devonte Fields' status:

Updates from Saturday, Aug. 9

Bruce Feldman of CBS Sports updated Devonte Fields' status:

Updates from Friday, Aug. 8

Stephen F. Austin, via CBS Sports' Tom Fornelli, has the latest twist in Fields' situation:

"After originally agreeing to grant a release to Devonte Fields, which would allow him to enroll and play football at Stephen F. Austin, Texas Christian University has since convened a committee and declared that Fields' violations of the student honor code has warranted his suspension from the school.

"The decision by TCU renders Fields ineligible, prohibiting him from participating in football related activities at SFA for at least one year. In light of these developments, Fields has decided not to enroll at SFA and will not be a member of the Lumberjack football team.

"SFA head football coach Clint Conque will have no comment, stating this a decision of Texas Christian University and is a matter involving Fields and TCU."

Updates from Thursday, Aug. 7

Devonte Fields' high school coach has confirmed where his former player will be suiting up in 2014 according to Travis L. Brown of the FW Star-Telegram

The Jacks official website later confirmed the news via a press release:

Stephen F. Austin head football coach Clint Conque announced the addition of a pair of defensive players to the SFA roster. Former TCU defensive endDevonte Fields and freshman defensive back Tarrin Mitchell will begin competing with the `Jacks as SFA is in the first week of fall camp.

"I'm excited to be able to work with both of these young men as they both bring a great deal of talent to our defensive unit," Conque said. "They both bring a wealth of experience and knowledge at their respective positions and will provide some quality depth."

Updates from Wednesday, Aug. 6

Devonte Fields is heading to Stephen F Austin, and can play right away according to Chuck Carlton of the Dallas Morning News:

Travis Brown of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram has more:

Updates from Tuesday, Aug. 5

Mac Engel of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports on how Tuesday's meeting between Devonte Fields and the TCU coaching staff went: 

TCU released a brief statement, via Chuck Carlton of The Dallas Morning News:

ESPN's Joe Schad added:


Updates from Monday, Aug. 4

David Ubben of Fox Sports Southwest reported on Devonte Fields and his status at TCU:

TCU's Devonte Fields will meet with school officials on Tuesday, a source told FOX Sports Southwest. They will discuss his status as a student. 

Fields has been "separated" from TCU since July 22, when Fort Worth police confirmed he was a suspect in a domestic disturbance call. Fields surrendered to authorities two days later on a misdemeanor assault warrant. 


Updates from Friday, July 25

The Associated Press reports that Fields has surrendered to an arrest warrant:

TCU defensive end Devonte Fields has surrendered to authorities on a misdemeanor assault warrant.

That's after TCU suspended the defensive standout earlier this week amid allegations he punched an ex-girlfriend in the head and threatened her with a gun while shouting, "I should blast you!"

Fields surrendered to Tarrant County authorities Thursday afternoon and was released a short time later after posting bond of $3,500.

The Big 12 preseason defensive player of the year hasn't been formally charged but has been accused of a Class A misdemeanor assault, which would be punishable by up to one year in jail and a $4,000 fine.


Updates from Thursday, July 24

ESPN's Brett McMurphy reports on TCU head coach Gary Patterson's assessment of Devonte Fields' situation:


Original Text

TCU defensive lineman Devonte Fields will be separated from the school following allegations by an ex-girlfriend, including assault and threatening the use of a gun.    

Scott Gleeson of USA Today reports the incident in question happened early Sunday when Fields allegedly broke a window, punched former girlfriend Haley Brown in the head and pointed a gun in her direction, according to the police report filed with the Fort Worth Police.

According to Gleeson's report, Fields had left before police arrived, and Brown ultimately decided against pressing charges. The pair dated for two years before breaking up earlier this summer, Brown told the police.

Chuck Carlton of The Dallas Morning News provided a statement from the university about the situation:

At this point, it's unclear the exact punishment associated with being separated from the school during the ongoing investigation.

It has been an eventful stretch for Fields after being named The Associated Press' Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year after an outstanding freshman campaign in 2012. He tallied 53 tackles (18.5 for loss) and 10 sacks to headline the Horned Frogs' defense.

Since that point, he was suspended for two games for a violation of team and university policy, suffered a foot injury in his first game back that cost him the rest of the year and was involved in an off-campus incident where he was reportedly robbed and shot at.

Now, he's dealing with the alleged domestic disturbance. Mac Engel of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports TCU head coach Gary Patterson had no further information to give:

The news comes shortly after he was named the conference's preseason defensive MVP based on his expected return to the field. It's hard to argue with the selection based on the potential he showed in his first season at the college level.

His future is now a mystery. It's unknown if further information will be provided or when TCU will clarify his status with the team.



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