U of L football: Copeland gone, Strong update

Damian Copeland

The University of Louisville football program lost another player on Thursday when Damian Copeland announced he would not play a sixth year and enter the NFL Draft. And there was no new news on the status of head coach Charlie Strong, while wide receiver DeVante Parker - as expected - will return for his senior season.

Another day and more news for the University of Louisville football program.

Senior wide receiver Damian Copeland, who received a sixth year of eligibility from the NCAA, has opted not to use that year and will enter the NFL Draft.

Copeland caught over 50 passes each of the past two seasons for the Cardinals and is the third player to say he would enter the draft. Junior quarterback Teddy Bridgewater and junior safety Calvin Pryor are both skipping their senior season and have turned pro.

While those players are leaving, the Cardinals had some good news on Thursday afternoon when junior wide receiver DeVante Parker, as expected, tweeted that he's going to remain in school for his senior season.

And everyone is still awaiting any kind of word on head coach Charlie Strong, who just finished his fourth season at U of L.

Strong reportedly interviewed for the opening at Texas on Tuesday afternoon. He is currently in Louisville but has been unavailable for comment. U of L is also not commenting on the matter.

Texas has also reportedly interviewed Vandy's James Franklin and is interested in speaking with Baylor's Art Briles. Michigan State's Mark Dantonio and Florida State's Jimbo Fisher have also been mentioned. No word on any time table for a decision from the Longhorns.

One potential transfer to U of L told Cardinal Authority that he was told "nothing has changed" and expects Strong to be the coach next season. Players who enroll early and transfers, of which the Cardinals could have a total of six in all, are expected on campus next week.

U of L commitment Poona Ford of Hilton Head Island, S.C., told Scout.com that he fully expects Strong to be the coach next season.

One source close to the U of L situation told Cardinal Authority that as long as Strong doesn't leave the interview with Texas and his name in the mix for the job is "like gold" to recruiting for the Cardinals.

Cardinal Authority will keep you posted on any breaking news.

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