Details are sketchy, and Charlie Strong is apparently out of the country and unable to provide them, but our own Card Chronicle is reporting that recently confirmed transfer quarterback Tyler Gabbert may already be making tracks out of Louisville:
A source told me this afternoon that Gabbert, who had been in Louisville for less than a week, left this morning to return home and has no plans to come back. According to Anderson and co-host Andy Sweeney, Gabbert would like to re-join the team at Missouri, but the Tiger staff is not interested. Mizzou recently received a commitment from highly-touted class of 2012 QB Maty Mauk.
Gabbert's father has been playing coy with local media outlets; meanwhile, message-board chatter out of the Midwest paints the dad as the problem. Card Chronicle, for their part, isn't quite sure how to credit the scuttlebutt, but regrets the decision no matter who made it:
Even if Gabbert - or, perhaps more accurately, the Gabbert family - had the potential to be a negative distraction, I still err slightly on the side of viewing his departure as bad news. It's not anything close to a program-changer and will almost certainly be largely forgotten once actual football starts being played, but Louisville is undeniably thin at the quarterback position right now, and Gabbert isn't without talent.
Louisville opens the 2011 college football season at home against Murray State, on Thursday, September 1. Expect to hear that Gabbert and Tate Forcier have thrown their respective transfer derbies by the wayside and formed a speed-metal band sometime within the next week.