For the first time in his collegiate career, quarterback Tucker Tuberville has distanced himself, physically, from the coaching of his father.
But his new destination will have pictures of Tommy hanging from the wall.
Per Brandon Marcello of AL.com, Tucker, who walked on at Texas Tech last season, will join Auburn in the same capacity this fall:
Former Auburn coach Tommy Tuberville's son, Tucker, will walk on this fall as a quarterback at Auburn, according to the school.
Tucker walked on at Texas Tech last fall, but transferred to Cincinnati in the spring after his father left Lubbock to take the Bearcats' job. Tucker was ranked among the top 150 high school players in Texas 2011.
Tommy Tuberville, of course, coached the Tigers from 1999-2008, leaving with a career record of 85-40. That run included a 13-0 season in 2004—a year where Auburn won the Sugar Bowl and many (though not the BCS computers) believed it should have been the national champion.
Tucker grew up around the Auburn program but played his principal high school ball in Texas after Tommy took the job at Texas Tech. Tucker led his school, Frenship High, to a 10-1 record in 2011 and became one of the top-150 prospects in the state that year.
Though his situation will be different, Auburn will provide a familiar backdrop for Tucker. It's the city where he spent his formative years, playing football at the Lee-Scott Academy and playing Pokemon tournaments in a Hastings video store.
When he first dons the burnt orange and navy at practice, it won't even be his first time throwing to Tigers receivers:
The thought of leaving his father and coach must be daunting for Tucker, who will sit out the 2013 season due to NCAA transfer rules.
But at least he left for a place that feels like home.