… it’s a fucking job.
None of that should be taken as a knock on Fields, or a slam on his approach to academics. By all accounts he’s sharp kid who did well in school. Nor is it to suggest that his situation is unique.
But if “few visits to campus” and “from what I have seen” aren’t ginormous tells about his tenuous link to student life, I don’t know what is. He’s a football player who signed up for online classes because that’s the most efficient use of his time. He’s not a college student in the normal sense and to suggest otherwise is simply enabling the NCAA’s myth making.