NACOGDOCHES, Texas (AP) — Devonte Fields has decided not to enroll at Stephen F. Austin after learning that a suspension from TCU would also make him ineligible to play this season at the FCS school.
A day after saying the preseason Big 12 defensive player of the year would be joining the Lumberjacks, SFA said Friday that the plans had changed.
Fields was suspended by TCU last month after he surrendered to authorities on a misdemeanor assault warrant, stemming from allegations he threatened his ex-girlfriend and punched her.
"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," SFA said in a statement.
Stephen F. Austin said that also would make Fields ineligible, prohibiting him from participating in football-related activities there for at least one year.
"In light of these developments, Fields has decided not to enroll at SFA," the school said.
TCU officials said only Friday night that Fields' status with the Big 12 school was unchanged.
Fields has been "separated" from TCU, meaning he is barred from the Fort Worth campus and all school activities while his case was being reviewed.
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