Oklahoma's distance from home and OU's depth at quarterback apparently caused Chris Redman to change his mind - again - and decide to attend hometown Louisville instead of OU.
Redman, a former Louisville Male High School star who signed with Illinois last February, got NCAA approval to void that agreement after the Illini fired offensive coordinator Greg Landry.
Redman, the Parade magazine National Player of the Year, then said he would play for OU, after the Sooners hired coach Howard Schnellenberger away from Louisville.
The Redman family contacted Oklahoma assistant coach Gary Nord to inform him of the decision but was unable to reach Schnellenberger, said his mother, Pam Redman. Schnellenberger left Louisville's program late last year to become the Sooners' new coach.
Schnellenberger could not be reached for comment Wednesday night.
"It's a long way from home and he's always wanted to play for U of L," Pam Redman said. "He grew up watching them. " His mother said Louisville coach Ron Cooper had been notified of Redman's decision to play for the Cardinals.
Mrs. Redman said her son will receive a scholarship and is eligible to play for the Cardinals this fall.
Mrs. Redman said her son decided to play for Louisville after spending much of the summer traveling. In the last month, Redman has been away from home to accept an award in Virginia, to prepare for and play in the Kentucky-Tennessee all-star football game and for a vacation in Mexico.
"He just didn't like being away from home," she said. "That just reaffirmed his feeling that he wanted to stay close to home and play for the hometown fans. " Redman did not sign a national letter of intent with OU. An athlete can sign only one national letter, and Redman's went to Illinois. He was "orally committed" to OU, but he is not legally bound to it.
OU's depth at quarterback also may have affected Redman's decision to play for Louisville. The Sooners have five other quarterbacks on scholarship: freshmen Justin Fuente and Jay Stuckey; redshirted freshman Eric Moore; sophomore Buddy Davis; and senior Garrick McGee.
"That's a lot of quarterbacks," Chris Redman said. "If I'm going to sit, I'd rather sit closer to home and not 15 hours away. It would be kind of rough. That's a plus for U of L right now.
"I love competition, no doubt about that, but right now I'd rather be close to home. I'd love for my family and grandparents to be able to come to see all of my games.
"On the other hand, I'm sure it would be well worth it if I did go out there (to OU). The school is great. It has great academics.
It's just a long way. " Redman (6-3, 195) was a prep football sensation. Last season, he completed 205 of 347 passes for 2,762 yards and a national high school record 57 touchdowns. During his high school career he completed 429 of 805 passes for 7,665 yards and 105 touchdowns (third in national high school history). BIOG: NAME:Archive ID: 617329