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.