Tucker, a quarterback, followed his father to Cincinnati after just one semester at Texas Tech. He was already planning to sit out the 2013 season due to NCAA transfer rules, but now he will do so as a walk-on for Auburn. Tommy Tuberville, Auburn's coach from 1999-2008, explained the situation to the Cincinnati Enquirer.
"He spent 10 years of school there, and he wanted to go back to all the kids he grew up with," Tuberville said of his son. "I told him you've got to stay with me for a year before deciding where you want to go."
With one year under his belt, it sounds like Tucker is ready to move back home. If he stayed at Cincinnati, Tucker Tuberville would be battling with with Bennie Coney and Notre Dame transfer Gunner Kiel in 2014. He will have three years of eligibility remaining when he joins the quarterback competition at Auburn next fall.
"It wasn't football related at all," Tuberville said. "He liked school, and he's going to be an engineer. It all goes back to him wanting to be with his friends. That's fine with me."
As Auburn's head coach, Tommy Tuberville compiled a 85-40 record (52-30 SEC) and led the Tigers to five SEC West Division titles, including the undefeated 13-0 season in 2004. Tuberville resigned after the 2008 season, then returned as Texas Tech's head coach in 2010.