"I understand and respect Cade's willingness and desire to compete. He's an outstanding young man," Mendenhall said. "We hope he can find a program where he will be able to make a valuable contribution and lead a team."
Cooper transferred to BYU following the 2006 season after being named the NJCAA Offensive Player of the Year at Snow College. Cooper led the Badgers to a No. 2 national ranking with an 11-1 record. The native of Lehi, Utah, threw for 3,103 yards last season, completing 31 touchdowns.
Cooper suffered a season-ending injury during spring camp and will be unable to compete this season.