Just my $0.02, but this is my read/interpretation/recall of what happened. Fields was recruited and told he would be given a chance to compete for the job. While they may have told him some of the plays called would have been a little more tailored to his skill set (i.e., have a run option element), I don't think they ever told him they would change the offense. No chance in hell Kirby is going to want to change to some pass heavy spread formation air raid type thing. The basics of the offense is always going to center around a big OL and running the ball. Fields was given a lot more reps than the #2 would normally get in practice heading into the season. Kirby never named Fromm the starting QB before the season started. This (IMO) was his biggest blunder in managing the situation. It created this perception that it was a close competition with the two neck and neck. In reality, that was never the case. As the season played on it was clear Fromm was the starter and they were just trying to get Fields reps. The random yo-yoing with the QB rotation screwed with Fromm's rhythm. Fields showed flashes when he got in with his legs, but he looked like a freshman far more often than not (noticeably more than Fromm did the season earlier). He never looked at all like a polished passer and showed a lot of hesitation and first run instincts when he dropped back. The lack of naming a starting QB led to some semblances of divide in the locker room. Kirby says people in the building knew all along who the starting QB was, but it definitely created a divide, with "Team Fields" mostly being made of some of the guys that came in with him in the 2018 class. As we got into the second half of the season it was clear that Fromm was going to be the starter going forward and the writing was on the wall for Fields. He hardly got any reps in the LSU game and when he did they were all designed runs. Something happened after that game during the open week between that game and the cocktail party. I never heard what exactly it was, but it was the first time that signs of frustration from the Fields side that spilled out. Whatever happened was bad enough to keep Fields out of the cocktail party entirely. Probably not ironically Fromm had one of his best games of the season up until that point. As the season wound down Fields' body language got worse and worse. He didn't play much outside of the extensive work he got against UMass. By the time we got to the SEC Championship Game I'm convinced he had made his mind up about leaving (although his camp claimed otherwise at the time). I'm also convinced that played into the stupid idea to let Fields be the up back on that ill conceived fake punt. In the end I think Fields thought he would have no problem unseating Fromm and completely underestimated who he was going up against. Fromm is not a flashy QB and constantly gets dismissed. Chauncy Gardner did it in the lead up to the 2017 cocktail party. And Fromm didn't have great numbers in that game, but made good throws when we needed them and lead the team well. The last part is probably his biggest strength and overcoming that was never going to be an easy thing for Fields. But Fields had been pumped up for a while as the next great thing. He was on the QB1 Netflix show. His HS games were on ESPN. Even our fans had anointed him the next great thing. Probably hard to reconcile getting beat out after being told for so long how great you are, even when the guy that beat you was a 5* guy as well. As far as the waiver goes, his side has always said they didn't use the incident with the former baseball player as a part of it. Outside of any hard evidence to the contrary I see no reason not to take them at their word. It would be a flimsy argument if they tried to make it. It was one guy in the stands, who was publicly tarred and feathered and promptly run out of town after it happened. And even after the incident his parents signed a LOI for their daughter to come here and play softball. Any attempt to use that as a justification would have come across as pretty hollow.