Posted by Jerry Hinnen
We thought we'd gotten Tyler Gabbert's transfer situation all settled, hadn't we? The ex-Missouri quarterback and younger brother of former Tiger star Blaine Gabbert was welcomed into the Louisville program with open arms by none other than Cardinal head coach Charlie Strong just 10 days ago.
But that arrangement might not have been as permanent as we (or Strong) thought. According to Mike Rutherford of Louisville blog Card Chronicle, sources have told both he and the local ESPN radio station that Gabbert will not in fact be part of the Cardinal program, and that he has already packed his bags for either home or a transfer destination still unknown.
We'd advise taking this with a grain of salt until either Gabbert himself or the Cardinals confirm the report (the latter probably won't happen until Strong returns from an overseas trip Wednesday). But it's not hard to see Gabbert deciding that maybe Louisville wasn't the place for him, given the pitched battle behind starter Will Stein and this quote from Gabbert's father after Strong had announced his arrival:
“It’s safe to say Tyler will be enrolling somewhere and attending school next week,” Chuck Gabbert told Sporting News. “He will be attending class next week at his chosen university where he’ll be pursuing his college football career also.”
No, given the context, that hardly sounds like a full commitment to the Cards.
So nothing is yet written in stone where Gabbert is concerned; maybe he still winds up with Strong and coordinator Shawn Watson (who the Gabberts have long been close to) at Louisville, and maybe he doesn't. But if we had to put money on one or the other, at this stage we'd be forced to go with "doesn't."