The NCAA will not be investigating, however, because it cannot legislate against grandfathers and fathers.
"His grandfather keeps a horse for T-Bob in Lafourche Parish, and I have a lake house on Toledo Bend," said T-Bob's dad, former Saints quarterback and Cutoff native Bobby Hebert. "That was kind of hard to match."
So were the desires of Bobby's dad, Bobby Hebert Sr., a 1961 LSU graduate and passionate Tigers' fan.
"Dad is an LSU diehard," said
Hebert, who is now an announcer for WWL Radio in
There is no telling how many light
fixtures the elder Hebert, 68, may have destroyed had T-Bob, a 6-foot-3, 256
pound center with quick feet from , committed to
"To see T-Bob go to LSU is a dream
come true for dad," said Bobby Hebert, a quarterback for 1977, 4A state champion
A safety until his senior year and
a late bloomer, Hebert beat nationally recruited quarterback John Fourcade of
Shaw on his way to the state title and became a star in a sophisticated offense
"I think it's more meaningful to dad than it is to me," Hebert said. "I'm an LSU fan, too, but dad just really loves LSU."
Ole Miss coach Ed Orgeron, a premium recruiter as a USC assistant who has shown some recruiting prowess with the Rebels, was a teammate of Hebert's at South Lafourche and at Northwestern and also recruited T-Bob. He offered T-Bob a chance to play his true freshman season, which is somewhat rare for offensive linemen. That didn't work.
"He could've played right away at Ole Miss," Hebert said. "But to be truly successful as an offensive lineman, I don't think on the job training is always a good idea. So much of football is confidence. He'll be better after red-shirting."
Should LSU need a center next season because of injuries or otherwise, Hebert does not want his son to play.
"I'm not going to let my son play
his true freshman season," Hebert said. "Because I know it's all about mental in
college. And I know he'll be a different man two years from now. Plus our family
has always had a lot of late bloomers. I red-shirted my freshman year at
After that year to get ready, look out, dad says.
"He understands the game," he said. "He understands the concept of offense. He's been making all the calls this season."
T-Bob, like his dad, is athletic
and can move. Hebert was a good running quarterback at
"He's like his dad. He's not a stiff white boy," Hebert said. "He can dance like a brother."
Glenn Guilbeau covers LSU and the
Southeastern Conference for Gannett News Service. Read him at www.LSUbeat.com or in the Shreveport Times, Monroe
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