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James McKinney transferring to Louisville

According to ITV, former Central High School All-American James McKinney attended Louisville's scrimmage Saturday night and announced that he intends to transfer from Michigan to U of L.

The 6-2, 285-pound McKinney backed up All-American Alan Branch at defensive tackle last season, and was listed second on the UM depth chart heading into 2007 as a redshirt sophomore. He was granted his release from Michigan so that he could deal with a "medical issue."

There is a bit of history between Louisville and McKinney. When he took his official visit to U of L as a high school senior, he was kicked off of the campus after one night because he continued to act out and brag about the fact that he was going to Michigan. He was never in any trouble while in Ann Arbor, however, and if the reaction from the Michigan blogosphere is any indication, he was a very well-liked player.

Welcome home Big James.