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Free-agency commences: USC reportedly interested in Silas Redd

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Wading through the aftermath churned up in the wake of the NCAA’s sanctions on Penn State, we wrote that “the NCAA has declared it’s open season on any and all current or incoming Penn State players, essentially creating a free-agent frenzy that has the potential to utterly dwarf what transpired at USC three years ago.”‘s Bruce Feldman wrote that “a feeding frenzyhas already begun in major college football, with FBS programs openly — albeit anonymously — acknowledging that their programs have already faxed to Penn State the names of current players in which they’re interested.

Ironically enough, the first specific reference connecting a current PSU player to a potential transfer destination is to a school that, up until today’s penalties were announced, had faced the most punitive measures handed down by the NCAA since SMU’s death penalty.

As‘s Joe Schad writes, “USC has notified Penn State of its interest in running back Silas Redd.”


That, of course, would be the same USC that’s coming off a two-year bowl ban and a reduction of 30 scholarships over three years thanks to the Reggie Bush impermissible benefits fiasco.  And a Trojan program that saw, as a part of the NCAA’s punitive measures in that case, players who were either juniors or seniors in 2010 being permitted to transfer and play immediately at a new program.

A half-dozen or so Trojans took advantage of that loosening of transfer restrictions, none of them projected starters.  It remains unclear how many Nittany Lions, starters or otherwise, will take advantage of a similar loosening, although Penn State is at a distinct disadvantage when it comes to that part of the punitive measures; any and all current players regardless of class standing as well as incoming freshmen are permitted to transfer without restriction.

The immediate eligibility for Redd, and the immediate need for help at the running back position for USC, however, would appear to make this speculation an on-paper match made in football heaven.  And a match that someone very close to Redd would not be adverse to in theory, with the back’s father reportedly stating that it’s his son’s decision whether or not to transfer and he will not stand in the way of whatever’s decided.

Last season, Redd led the Nittany Lions in rushing yards (1,241) and rushing touchdowns (nine).  So, yes, given a team with title aspirations and a glaring hole at the position, a player the caliber of Redd — with two years of eligibility remaining to boot — would make perfect sense to pursue.

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28 Responses to “Free-agency commences: USC reportedly interested in Silas Redd”
  1. geraldthecat says: Jul 24, 2012 12:15 AM

    He is gone. And all of the others too. The ship sank. Grab a life raft.

  2. soundsofsuccess7 says: Jul 24, 2012 12:16 AM

    Silas to USC benefits him more than any other program he could be a part of. Nice guys finish last– sometimes you have to do what’s best for yourself, even if it means betraying friends..

  3. bennywisest says: Jul 24, 2012 12:25 AM

    Silas is a great RB. Don’t want to see him go, but best of luck to him.

  4. jackychilds says: Jul 24, 2012 12:36 AM

    Penn State degree>USC degree

    Oh wait, that’s not what these “student-athletes” are there for.

  5. thraiderskin says: Jul 24, 2012 1:20 AM

    If USC has 3 years of scholarship reductions, starting in 2010, does this mean they are able to circumvent the punishment by bringing in the freebie scholarship ex-Penn State players? or is my math wrong and USC is free and clear?

  6. slumdog66 says: Jul 24, 2012 3:26 AM

    @jackychilds, Even if it was true, don’t bank on it anymore.

  7. xtremesportsmaniac says: Jul 24, 2012 6:12 AM


    US news ranks USC the #23 school in the nation and PSU #45.

  8. alligatorsnapper says: Jul 24, 2012 6:44 AM

    There was no doubt that other Big 10 schools nearby would scoop up the cream of Penn State’s offense and defense.

    I do not blame young men who aspire to play in a bowl or for a title to want to transfer now that Penn State has admitted to all the Freeh Report and agreed with Emmert’s sanctions as well as the Big 10s. These young men went to Penn State not just for the academic excellence but were promised certain expectations, which cannot now be met by Penn State.

    Just as there will likely be a mass exodus of the best talent, it will also be most difficult to recruit in these circumstances. Recruiting will be impacted for many years to come.

    Lest we all commiserate with Penn State as we see the mass exodus and other difficulties that will be faced by the football program and Penn State, let us all remember it was Penn State personnel and administrators who are the offenders, not the victims.

    The victims remain the young boys who were viciously and violently raped by Paterno’s good friend and long time assistant coach and then Paterno and others did not act promptly or properly to protect the young boys or provide them help, and thereby facilitated and were complicit in the continuing rape of young boys for many years.

  9. mhalt99 says: Jul 24, 2012 6:47 AM

    Penn State degree>USC degree

    Yeah… 1996.

  10. dkhhuey says: Jul 24, 2012 8:24 AM

    Let the feeding frenzy begin!

  11. omniusprime says: Jul 24, 2012 8:57 AM

    USC needs a great running back and Redd can hardly find a better fit than Tailback U. Looks like USC can come off it’s two year bowl ban with a national championship despite it still having scholarship reductions.

    USC is in the third year of a 5 year scholarship reduction regimen, not the first of a three year plan. Shows that sports pundits aren’t very bright when they constantly muff this important fact. As a USC fan I’ve had to endure listening to how the reductions have hurt USC the past two years.

  12. mungman69 says: Jul 24, 2012 9:17 AM

    If I were a football player at Penn. St. I would have to leave. The greener grass is everywhere.

  13. bauman007 says: Jul 24, 2012 10:08 AM

    They forgot to mention he’d get paid playing for USC too!

  14. realitypolice says: Jul 24, 2012 10:17 AM


    It is unlikely that they have any scholarships left. However, I’m pretty sure a school can yank a kid’s scholly at any time, so it just means some poor scrubbinie gets his walking papers.

  15. manchestermiracle says: Jul 24, 2012 10:56 AM

    thraiderskin & realitypolice:

    Any scholarship awarded to a PSU transfer comes off the receiving school’s available scholarships for the following year.

    USC getting a high-quality running back like Redd would be some kind of irony, seeing as USC got sanctioned in the first place due to the misdeeds of a running back (Bush).

    The real beneficiaries here will be other top Big 10 schools (Ohio State, Michigan, etc.) getting the chance to recruit Pennsylvania athletes for the next four years (or more).

    Everything I’ve read says USC received a total of 30 scholarship reductions over a three year period beginning this fall. That’s why Kiffin and Co. have had several recruits accept spring enrollment this year in order to bypass this fall’s start of those sanctions.

  16. tonewil says: Jul 24, 2012 11:32 AM

    putting aside the gruesome reality of what’s occurred and focusing on the transfer of players only.

    I would love to see a list of players deemed worthy of transferring and maybe even a list of good fits/likely destinations (if they’re incoming freshman we should have a list of their final 5 schools, etc.)

  17. papabush88 says: Jul 24, 2012 12:34 PM


    No way is a Penn State degree better than a USC degree. Maybe better than a University of South Carolina degree, but not Souther California. Not only is USC a better school than Penn State, but Southern Cal has better weather, and most importantly, a better football team…much better. This was even before the the sanctions.

  18. papabush88 says: Jul 24, 2012 12:36 PM

    Every time I want to feel sympathy for Penn State fans, one of their faithful says something really stupid. #jackychilds

  19. lbroberts123 says: Jul 24, 2012 12:38 PM

    I’m sorry but I just can’t see USC being “tailback U” like someone stated earlier. I think Auburn has a good argument to claim that title.

  20. papabush88 says: Jul 24, 2012 12:42 PM

    I hope, for the sake of the PSU fans, that you get over Paterno. I don’t care how many good things he did in the name of football, his one mistake ruined lives of children and families. I also hope that, amidst these sanctions, you guys have a savior…like Matt Barkley. I know Barkley hasn’t really done anything (in terms of winning something, other than a minor bowl game in 2009) he has been the guy that has stuck with our program and kept it together. When Carroll and Garrett left, and USC had no voice or leader, Barkley stepped into that position and he wasn’t even expected to. From what Hackenburg has reportedly said, it looks like he will stick with PSU. Good for him. Again, for guys that want to transfer, you can’t blame them. It’s not their fault Sandusky did what he did, and Paterno and others covered it up. USC had some guys transfer due to sanctions, including the beast O-lineman Seantrel Henderson. Now he’s at Miami, who looks to be in the spotlight once again for NCAA infractions. Take a page out of USC AD Pat Haden’s book. To the chagrin of many USC fans, he did what was necessary. Time to start anew. Find the right people to do that.

  21. geo1113 says: Jul 24, 2012 1:30 PM

    lbroberts123 says:
    Jul 24, 2012 12:38 PM
    I’m sorry but I just can’t see USC being “tailback U” like someone stated earlier. I think Auburn has a good argument to claim that title.


    Learn your history. USC has been tailback U for a long time, as a matter of fact they had 4 of their 5 Heisman trophy winning TBs before anyone ever heard of Bo Jackson. All-American by Frank Gifford certainly helped the claim too.

  22. papabush88 says: Jul 24, 2012 2:05 PM


    You’ve got to be kidding me. Mike Garrett, OJ Simpson, Anthony Davis, Charles White, Marcus Allen, Reggie Bush, LenDale White. Some of the greatest to ever play the game. A lot of people forget about Davis who played for USC in the early 70s and was a member of the 1972 National Champ USC team, arguably the greatest team of all time. Davis finished second in Heisman voting to Archie Griffin, but many think that Davis would’ve easily won the Heisman had the ballots not been due before the USC-ND game, in which Davis scored 6 TDs. In fact, it was because of this game, that Heisman voting was changed and ballots weren’t collected until the official end of the regular season. Davis finished his career with 24 school, conference and NCAA records, including over 5,400 all-purpose yards and 52 touchdowns.

    USC is Tailback U. Not just that, they are probably Wide Receiver U as well (Lynn Swann, Keyshawn Johnson, Kareem Kelly, Dwayne Jarrett, Mike Williams, Robert Woods, and Marqise Lee, Keary Colbert, and Steve Smith). Probably also Linebacker U after Cushing, Maualuga and Clay Matthews (who didn’t even start for USC). Junior Seau, Chris Claiborne, Keith Rivers, Willie McGinnest. We are also gradually turning into Quarterback U with Leinart, Palmer, Barkley, Sanchez, and future guys like Max Browne and David Sills Jr. And without doubt, if USC is anything, they are Offensive Lineman U.

  23. soundsofsuccess7 says: Jul 24, 2012 2:24 PM

    As long as Justin Davis and Ty Isaac are okay with potentially not playing their freshman year if Silas stays for his senior year, he’s welcome. even if only one is okay with it, Silas is welcome. but if they both threaten to decommit, don’t take silas.

  24. papabush88 says: Jul 24, 2012 2:30 PM



  25. 111um says: Jul 24, 2012 3:14 PM


    That is great. A bunch of mediocre NFL players. A few Hall of Famers and a large amount of nobody’s. I will be sure to keep my eye out for LenDale White and Matt Leinart’s HOF ballots.

    As for Redd. USC would be a good fit if he wants to go that far away from home. I think another Big 10 school gets him before USC.

  26. papabush88 says: Jul 24, 2012 3:53 PM

    The point I was objecting to was that Auburn is Tailback U. No way that is possile. USC has had the best RBs in college. That was the argument.

    And the NFL Network also rated USC as the number 1 NFL Factory Program. Which makes sense seen as USC has had more players drafted to the NFL than any other school and more pro-bowlers than any other school.

    I agree. Redd probably won’t want to go all the way to LA. Then again, USC sends players to the NFL unlike any school.

    I’m OK if guys like LenDale and Leinart aren’t doing well in the NFL. Because for everyone one of those guys, USC still produces guys like Clay Matthews, Troy Polamalu, Ronnie Lott, Rey Maualuga, Terrell Thomas, Brian Cushing, Carson Palmer (awesome before his injury), Marcus Allen, Bruce Matthews, and the many other Trojans that dominated in the NFL.

  27. 111um says: Jul 24, 2012 4:08 PM


    Clay Matthews, Troy Polamalu, Ronnie Lott, Rey Maualuga, Terrell Thomas, Brian Cushing, Carson Palmer (awesome before his injury), Marcus Allen, Bruce Matthews, and the many other Trojans that dominated in the NFL.

    That comment symbolizes USC. With all the great athletes from USC there is no need to pump up the mediocre ones.

    To everybody else. If you Google Silas Redd you will see how he is close with his father to the point that I doubt he is going farther then driving distance from CT.

  28. papabush88 says: Jul 24, 2012 5:41 PM


    I wouldn’t call guys like Anthony Davis mediocre. Like I said, I don’t really care how they did in the NFL. I’m not a part of any NFL team. For one, I’m from LA and USC is our NFL team. Secondly, I have no interest in any singular NFL team. I am an alum of USC. Therefore, I care about USC football. And the running backs that have played at USC, many of them have been amazing. Even guys who aren’t doing much in the NFL like LenDale. For a while, it looked as if Reggie Bush wasn’t very good. But now that he’s on Miami, he’s being used properly and looks pretty solid.
    Like I said before, I’m not banking on Redd coming to USC. With the team USC looks to field this season, an absence of Redd isn’t do or die for USC.

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