Vincent Testaverde

Like father, like son: Vincent Testaverde Jr. heading to Miami

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Following in his father’s footsteps, Vincent Testaverde Jr. will join the Miami Hurricanes football program his father, Vinny Testaverde, once led as a national power. The former Heisman Trophy winning Testaverde confirmed to the Associated Press Wednesday his son will complete a transfer from Texas Tech to Miami.

It was reported in late December the younger Testaverde was leaving Texas Tech with the intent of transferring to another program, but it was unknown which direction he would head for sure. Because Testaverde was not on scholarship at Texas Tech, he will be eligible to play right away in 2015, but do not count on this sparking a quarterback competition at Miami.

The Hurricanes are pretty set at quarterback, at least with a starter, with Brad Kaaya coming off an inspiring freshman debut. Kaaya passed for 3,198 yards and 26 touchdowns with 12 interceptions in 2014 and will be the starting quarterback for the Hurricanes in 2015. Testaverde will add some depth to the roster, but not much experience. Testaverde appeared in just one game in 2014.

Testaverde’s father suggests the transfer of his son to The U should also be seen as a sign of approval to the job being done by head coach Al Golden. Golden has coached Miami to two straight bowl losses and is just 28-22 since being hired after a stint with Temple. The apparent lack of progress being made at Miami has been frustrating for some, but Golden has been coaching the program under two years of an NCAA cloud hovering above it as well. Former Canes have been turned off at times, but Golden is selling something to Testaverde.

“I hope people see if I’m allowing my son to go (there) under the tutelage of Al and his staff, it speaks to what I believe in,” the elder Testaverde said to the Associated Press in support of the job being done by Golden.

Report says Testaverde transfers out of Texas Tech

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It has been a while (well, at least a few weeks) since the Texas Tech quarterback depth took a hit, so this may have been just a little overdue.

Texas Tech head coach Kliff Kingsbury may be one of the best quarterbacks in Texas Tech program history, but he sure seems to have a rough time keeping quarterbacks in the stable in Lubbock. Freshman quarterback Vincent Testaverde, son of former Heisman Trophy winner Vinny Testaverde, will reportedly transfer out of the Red Raiders program.

A report from Wreck Em 247 says the younger Testaverde transferred with the intention of moving closer to home in Tampa, Florida. No school has been reported as the next college football home for Testaverde, who played in one game this season.

Testaverde will have to sit out the 2015 season if he transfers to another FBS program due to NCAA transfer rules. He would be eligible to play in 2015 if he transfers to a lower division school, however.

UPDATE: Because Testaverde was never on scholarship, he is technically eligible to play at any FBS program in 2015. However, as Texas Tech has demonstrated in the past, the Red Raiders have the ability and power to block Testaverde from playing for any number of other schools, including those within the Big 12. Because he is a walk-on player, Testaverde needs to ask for permission to hear from other schools. Without that permission, Testaverde may not be contacted by potential landing spots.