TCU DE Devonte Fields still 'separated' from TCU program

Nick Bromberg
In this Oct. 27, 2012, file photo, TCU defensive end Devonte Fields, left, pressures Oklahoma State quarterback Wes Lunt, right, during an NCAA college football game in Stillwater, Okla. Field as selected as the AP's Big 12 defensive player of the year, Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012
FILE - In this Oct. 27, 2012, file photo, TCU defensive end Devonte Fields, left, pressures Oklahoma State quarterback Wes Lunt, right, during an NCAA college football game in Stillwater, Okla. Field as selected as the AP's Big 12 defensive player of the year, Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012. (AP Photo/Brody Schmidt, File)

Maybe there should be a revote for Preseason Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year?

TCU DE Devonte Fields, the 2014 preseason DPOY in the conference, is still suspended from the university. On Tuesday night, the school issued a statement.

“Devonte Fields continues to be separated from the university at this time," the statement said. "TCU’s process to handle a situation when a student is alleged to have violated the University Code of Student Conduct comprises several parts. A judicial hearing on the matter is held. A panel of faculty and staff members reviews the case and the student is given an opportunity to respond to the allegations. The panel then decides by a preponderance of evidence whether or not a violation of the University’s code has occurred. If a student is found in violation, a sanction is applied. The student is afforded the opportunity to appeal that decision before a final decision is rendered. This process can take several days to complete. Judicial hearings for students are protected information under the FERPA (Family Educational Rights and Privacy) Act.”

According to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Fields is unlikely to return to the program. 

The source, who spoke to the Star-Telegram on condition of anonymity, said “the injuries were too much to ignore” when a panel met with Fields and reviewed his suspension following an assault complaint against him by an ex-girlfriend.

On July 22, Fields was suspended after he was accused of assaulting his ex-girlfriend on July 20. He turned himself in on July 24 on a misdemeanor assault warrant. While she has recanted the accusations that Fields had a gun during the incident, he allegedly threatened and punched her.

In 2013, Fields missed 10 games; two due to suspension and eight because of a foot injury. In 2012, he had 53 tackles and 10 sacks. He was also arrested for marijuana possession in 2012 and earlier in 2014 said he was robbed and beaten at his home, though he declined to press charges.

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