NORMAN - Goodbye, good luck, and good timing.
That was Oklahoma football coach Howard Schnellenberger's reaction Thursday to news that quarterback Chris Redman apparently has decided to play college football in his hometown, at Louisville, instead of Oklahoma, where he had orally committed.
"We're disappointed, of course, because we think he's a fine quarterback and we'd love to have him on this team," Schnellenberger said.
"But we'd rather that he make a decision to not come with us than to come and then become dissatisfied or not measure up to the competition and drop out at a later time.
"So, we just take things as they come and look at the upside - that if it was going to happen, it's better to happen now. " Schnellenberger said neither he nor any member of his coaching staff would try to convince Redman to change his mind.
"He called (OU offensive coordinator) Gary Nord and told him that he had made a decision to stay there at home. I'm not going to call him and try to talk him into coming to Oklahoma. Nobody will.
"We didn't try to convince him to come to Oklahoma to start with. He came out and visited and liked it and made a commitment to come with us. He signed a scholarship with us, and now he's decided to stay home.
"He can't sign two national letters of intent, so he signed a scholarship agreement. It doesn't bind him to come to school here, other than he had given his word that he was coming, and we gave our word that he had a scholarship here. " Without Redman, OU has 83 players on scholarship, two below the NCAA limit.
Redman, a former Louisville Male High School star who was named National Player of the Year by Parade magazine, now has committed to play for three colleges.
He signed with Illinois last February but got NCAA approval to void that agreement after the Illini fired offensive coordinator Greg Landry. He then committed to OU, after the Sooners hired coach Howard Schnellenberger away from Louisville.
Now, however, Redman has decided to stay at home. His girl friend will be a junior at Louisville Male High School, and Redman has cited the distance from Louisville to Norman (750 miles) and OU's quarterback depth.