The cloud of academic concerns that recently complicated Devonte Fields' enrollment at Louisville has lifted for the former TCU star.
However, the cloud of legal troubles that contributed to Fields' dismissal from the TCU program in 2014 will follow him in the form of disciplinary guidelines set by Cardinals coach Bobby Petrino.
"We've established that he's going to have to do everything right when he's on campus with us," Petrino told ESPN. "We have some standards that are set for him, and he's going to have to abide by those standards."
Fields was dismissed from the TCU progam last summer after being charged with misdemeanor assault, stemming from an incident in which he allegedly punched his ex-girlfriend. The charge was dismissed last month after Fields completed an anger management course, according to the report. Fields, the 2012 Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year as a freshman, hasn't played a full season of college football at the FBS level since '12. He missed most of 2013 due to injuries, and last year, after his dismissal from TCU, he played at Trinity Valley Community College.
"We're privy to all the information," Petrino said, regarding Fields' legal case. "We understand all the information that was out there. Knowing that, we believe we did the right thing in giving him a second chance."
Petrino knows a thing or two about second chances. He received one when Western Kentucky hired him in 2013 after his messy termination from Arkansas. He also was welcomed back to Louisville, where he served as head coach from 2003-06, last season. Fields isn't the only player whom Petrino has offered a second chance since beginning his second tenure at Louisville. Safety Josh Harvey-Clemons was dismissed from Georgia and landed at Louisville, as well.