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.