Big 12 roundup: Devonte Fields will transfer to Stephen F. Austin


Former TCU defensive end Devonte Fields will be heading to Stephen F. Austin after learning that he would likely not be getting reinstated to play at his original school.

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From FOX Sports Southwest:

"Fields tweeted the news on his private Twitter account and confirmed the news to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram via text message.TCU spokesman Mark Cohen said the school could only confirm that Fields remained “separated” from TCU."

In late July, Fields surrendered to police on suspicion of abuse when his ex-girlfriend was found with a cut near her eye and was threatened. It was the second time he’s been in trouble, the reason why it was unlikely that he would be rejoining the team this season.

Fields was named as the 2014 preseason defensive player of the year during Big 12 media days and won the actual award as a true freshman in 2012. The loss of Fields makes a big impact on TCU, but the Horned Frogs are lucky to have a lot of depth on the defense and should be able to move on from the loss.

Other Big 12 news

 — Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby and West Virginia athletic director Oliver Luck are both in favor of players getting paid if their name and image are being used. This is where I’ll actually agree with paying students. The universities shouldn’t be involved, but why can’t sponsors? And players that aren’t in the skill positions, like the offensive and defensive lines, could still get a cut when EA Sports trots its now-defunct annual NCAA football game.

 — NBC Sports fans the fire of talk surrounding the importance of college football championship games. While it remains to be seen what impact it will have in the new CFB Playoff landscape, it’s a mixed bag of results that we’ve seen so far. The Big 12 title game has traditionally hurt more than helped teams, but it’s also nearly impossible to go through a conference slate undefeated. The title game helps a team that’s only lost once in the regular season to bolster their status, but I’d argue that they rarely showcase the best two teams in the conference and shouldn’t be as highly regarded.