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Louisville still waiting on DeVonte Fields, 2 others to qualify

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DeVonte Fields, the former TCU star who announced in February that he intended to transfer to Louisville, is still working to become academically eligible for the 2015 season, Cardinal coach Bobby Petrino told the media on Tuesday. Petrino added that incoming freshmen Chandler Jones and James Allen are in the same boat.

Petrino said at the ACC Kickoff that Fields - a former star defensive end at TCU who was then rated a five-star junior-college recruit last season - continues to take summer courses in order to meet requirements to be certified at U of L and by the NCAA.

U of L begins practice on Aug. 6. Classes begin Aug. 24.

"That's an ongoing process, and we've got two more weeks (before camp)," Petrino said. "You find out something new every day."

Petrino was not aware of any player who would definitely not make it to campus.

Fields was dismissed from TCU last summer after allegations of domestic violence and spent a year at Trinity Valley College in Texas. His legal case was dismissed last month upon the completion of anger management courses.

"The legal case has been cleared and everything dropped, but we're just waiting on certification," Petrino said.

Fields, who earned Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year honors in 2012 as a freshman, appeared in just three games for the Horned Frogs in 2013 because of an injury. He was then dismissed from the team the following summer, and spent the 2014 season at Trinity Valley Community College in Athens, Texas.

Allen, a running back, and Jones, an offensive lineman, were both three-star recruits coming out of high school.