Former UT player Aaron Douglas signs with Alabama

Aaron Douglas left home to get his release from Tennessee.

Now the former Vols offensive lineman is free to play against them, and he apparently will next season with a bitter UT rival after signing with Alabama on Thursday.

As part of the deal to free Douglas from his scholarship after a breakout freshman season, UT coach Derek Dooley stipulated the tackle play at least an eight-hour drive away -- which he did at Arizona Western College. But now the former Maryville star will be closer to home again and playing against the alma mater of both his parents.

Douglas was a freshman All-American for UT and was expected to be the only returning starter for the program heading into the first spring practice under Dooley. But Douglas requested a release instead, citing personal problems tied to being close to home that prompted Dooley to place restrictions on his transfer.

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NoMoreWooAfterGoodOleRockyTop writes:

A mind is a terrible thing to waste.

SEC1 writes:

You know what they say, IF YOU CAN'T BEAT'EM MIGHT AS WELL JOIN'EM ! LOL!

VOLtage writes:

Why there. I hope a Vol knocks him into the 4th row.

Bigger_Al writes:

Leader in the clubhouse for "most hated Vol of all time".

RunningWithTheVols writes:

Whatever...

We don't need anyone who doesn't want to be here.

Razor784 writes:

He ranks up there now with Lane Kiffin

TommyJack writes:

Wow. The ultimate F.U. statement. What did we do to that kid to make him do this?

BrassMonkey writes:

He was a very talented player as a freshman, and we would be very lucky to still have on the field. Alabama is taking a risk on signing him, but I think their return will be worth it.

SEC1 writes:

in response to Navalorange:

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That's funny, the vols will never beat bama as long as Saban is at the helm.... write it down!

JustaStudent writes:

No respect for him, none at all. He is doing this to spite Tennessee, and for what reason? The program did nothing but make his family a well known and respected name in East Tennessee and made him a Freshman All-American. Now because the coach he fell in love with left him he feels the need to do this? But you know what, I don't want to support a player who is more in love with a single coach than the program. Good ridance!

Rick4UT writes:

I wish him the worst of luck. I very seldom get mad but this is sick !!! GO VOLS

TrouserCough writes:

His Dad was ripping Dooley after the release stipulations. Now we know why Dooley was so adamant about the restrictions. Unfortunately, his Dad is beloved by the local talk show hosts. So we'll no doubt be subjected to career updates with serial cheater 'bama.

volfan53 writes:

in response to SEC1:

That's funny, the vols will never beat bama as long as Saban is at the helm.... write it down!

If I wrote it down you would have to have someone read it to you when we beat you, bama fan. The only Bama I like is the jelly.

tnsportsman writes:

in response to Razor784:

He ranks up there now with Lane Kiffin

Got that right Razor!

IMO, the whole Douglas Family needs to be stripped of all Tennessee ties now! Hope they enjoy REDNECK ALABUBBA! Go earn a living down there in the Redneck Backwoods.

Douglas didn't have the 'Metal' to be a VOL! My bet is he never starts.

I'll give my all for Tennessee? Yeah right Douglas, we don't need your kind anyway!

GO VOLS, WE ARE UT!

SEC1 writes:

in response to Rick4UT:

I wish him the worst of luck. I very seldom get mad but this is sick !!! GO VOLS

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orangecountyvols writes:

Vols,

You just knew the sorriest of Bama trolls, SEC1
would come crawling onto our site with his glee.

SEC1 - what a pathetic troll in the major league way.

tnsportsman writes:

in response to SEC1:

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SHUT UP ALABUBBA REDNECK! Auburn has your number don't they? Auburn spotted Alabubba 24 points and still BEAT THAT REDNECK AZZ! Say CAM, CAM, CAM!
Go away little redneck back to your own ALABUBBA site.

Be sure to buy Douglas some weed would you, he will need it.

txvolsfan writes:

in response to SEC1:

You know what they say, IF YOU CAN'T BEAT'EM MIGHT AS WELL JOIN'EM ! LOL!

We were the only ones that didn't beat them!!!
LOL

SEC1 writes:

in response to Navalorange:

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Sorry to disappoint you Mr Naval, but you are 0-6 vs my gators and 0-3 vs bama, combined your 0-9 against your hated foes! the run will continue..... maybe another vol will get frustrated and transfer to the other winning big brother (uf)

ETownVol writes:

Have fun in Alabubba land, quitter. Hope you ride the pine the next two years. Then again your off-the-field issues will probably keep you off the field anyway. Enjoy the practice squad, traitor.

CLEMSONVOL716WASBANNED writes:

in response to volfan53:

If I wrote it down you would have to have someone read it to you when we beat you, bama fan. The only Bama I like is the jelly.

I won't even buy that kind of jelly. Rather have the generic label instead of *&#! brand.

Good luck to AD.

GAVOl50 writes:

in response to SEC1:

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SEC1 ?? That would be #2 in your state !

MrBamSeydu writes:

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Orange4LifeVol writes:

With Fulmer not there to stroke his ego, Aaron didn't feel the love because Dooley & Co didn't realize they must bow down to him because of who daddy is. Great physical skills but lacked the toughness to give his all for TN today. Bammers are not going to care about Daddy either, so expect another transfer request in the near future.

jumboliyah writes:

Another blown agreement in detail...the release should have stated he not play in the SEC ever...most releases state that th eplayer can not play for a team the releasing team will play during the player's career. Another Hamilton uh-oh...like the Kiffin non-existent buy-out.

utjunkie writes:

What a traitor, please never set foot in this great state again. Kids this is why you don't do drugs!

Down_The_Field writes:

in response to SEC1:

Sorry to disappoint you Mr Naval, but you are 0-6 vs my gators and 0-3 vs bama, combined your 0-9 against your hated foes! the run will continue..... maybe another vol will get frustrated and transfer to the other winning big brother (uf)

and you'll need him to defend your SEC West 4th place trophy.

atvolfan#654430 writes:

Meth is a heck of a drug.

gc_scvol writes:

That's Alabubbas problem now..Anybody remember when somebody in his family wrote a letter to Hamilton when Fulmer was let go ?? Then Kiffin left and he left and now he just decides he wants to Play for an arch rival..See a pattern developing here?.. Tell the young man to GROW UP..He'll never mature if he's allowed to call all the shots..Anybody listening??. If you are a true Tennessee fan..You wish him well and move on..

Fryinpansvols writes:

in response to SEC1:

Sorry to disappoint you Mr Naval, but you are 0-6 vs my gators and 0-3 vs bama, combined your 0-9 against your hated foes! the run will continue..... maybe another vol will get frustrated and transfer to the other winning big brother (uf)

Man Florida sure ran the table in the East this season didn't they? Oh thats right they didn't even win the East in a down season! And what happened to that quitter of a coach Urban Meyer? Thats ok ya'll have a Cheerleader for a coach in Will Muschamp who played for your rival Georgia in College. And yes UT will spank that tail in Gainesville next season! GBO!

mountainbrook writes:

in response to SEC1:

You know what they say, IF YOU CAN'T BEAT'EM MIGHT AS WELL JOIN'EM ! LOL!

I guess that's what you did since Auburn is SEC1 now.

eaglentn2002#343016 writes:

Is there a better chance to further your rap career in Bama? Take your whiny mom and dad with you Benedict Douglas!

SEC1 writes:

in response to Down_The_Field:

and you'll need him to defend your SEC West 4th place trophy.

And we'll allow you and the wildcats to fight for 4th place in the east with the grand prize of a visit to below freezing nashville for the music city bowl.... hope the ice storms past before dec. 30th ... bundle up!

woodwr#217203 writes:

Coach Dooley is coaching his Father's nemesis and his Dad coached at his Alma Mater's nemesis.

No matter what drove AD away from UT is decent that his parents get to see him play.

Imagine Mom & Dad Douglas Forced to wear almost maroon at Neyland Stadium.

ccole99 writes:

Just another great athlete with off the field issues. As much as it hurts that he signed with bama, I wish him the best of luck. Between off the field problems and other Alabama offers, it is going to be tough for him to get playing time. Good luck Aaron.

Ironcity writes:

I guess he never wants to live in Knoxville again. What a shame.

gc_scvol writes:

Well Put, SIR, Well Put..

MrBamSeydu writes:

Benedict Aaron Douglas

SEC1 writes:

in response to Navalorange:

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Young QB yes, Good QB the jury is still hung, (bray) torched some of the worst defenses such as memphis,vandy,kentucky,ole miss, i'll be very careful before i annoint him as little peyton manning jr. lets see how he does on the road against real defenses like bamas, my gators, lsu's then talk about how good he is don't give him a past for beating scrubs.... fair enough?

JungleVOL writes:

in response to Footballfanatic:

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You said it all right there...

dk writes:

This just makes me appreciate Coach Dooley all the more.

volpreacher writes:

in response to SEC1:

That's funny, the vols will never beat bama as long as Saban is at the helm.... write it down!

And you want to put how much on that? UT actually beat them last year.

Dobervol writes:

If ya'll would just quit feeding the 3 or 4 trolls who come on this forum daily, and totally ignore them, they'd stop posting. Rather than anger and insults (which is what they want, of course), let 'em hear nothing but crickets.

RaineyVol writes:

in response to SEC1:

You know what they say, IF YOU CAN'T BEAT'EM MIGHT AS WELL JOIN'EM ! LOL!

If you wanna get lucky join LSU!

RoadTrip writes:

I could care less. As a person I hope he has his life straightened out, because he was totally messed up. However, I have no qualms that he will regret the day he lined up against J. Smith, M. Jackson, M. Couch and C. Miller to name a few.

NorthwestVol writes:

Rumor is that Dooley called Saban and asked that he consider bringing Douglas on board as a personal favor. Dooley thinks Saban will keep the boy on the straight and narrow.

Ok, I made all that up, but it makes a good story.....

abnermc writes:

Hope he doesn't do like Cam did Oscar Meyer . Took the gators to the woodshed. We'll be fine w/o him. Bama needs help. 4th in the west.. So does Fla. 7-5 w/ the best players in the nation. Don't be bragging on Bray too much though. Muskrat.. Muschamp might try to trade Brantley (the messiah) for him.

rubbervol writes:

Crimson Turds

murrayvol writes:

Things happen for a reason. Obsessing over such as this is a waste of time and energy.

So be it. Good luck AD.

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