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Updated: Silas Redd remains firmly in USC’s crosshairs

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Originally scheduled to represent Penn State at the Big Ten’s media days Thursday, Silas Redd instead spent his day discussing his football future with a school from the other coast.

According to‘s Joe Schad, USC head coach Lane Kiffin traveled to Redd’s home state of Connecticut to meet with the running back.  A source told Schad that the meeting lasted for three hours, and that “it went very well.”

Schad wrote that “USC laid out an extensive presentation on how Redd would fit with the team, including Power Point presentation and video clips.”

Redd is said to be struggling with the decision of moving on to a team with national title aspirations or remaining where his heart is in Happy Valley.  It’s unclear when Redd will make a final decision on his future.  USC opens summer camp Aug. 6.

As part of the debilitating sanctions levied on the Nittany Lions by the NCAA Monday, any current player or incoming freshman is permitted to transfer to another school without sitting out a season if they so desire.

Redd has been linked to USC since the day the penalties were announced.  While schools are permitted to go above the the 85-man scholarship limit to add a Penn State player this year, the Trojans, due to its own NCAA sanctions, are not permitted to go above 75 scholarship players.

However, it’s believed that at least one incoming recruit will not (ahem) qualify academically, which would open up a roster spot for Redd.

And, as the Trojans have a dire need at the RB position ahead of what’s expected to be a run for the crystal, it’s likely the program will bend over backwards — twice, if necessary — to add a player of Redd’s caliber.

UPDATED 7/27 @ 9:58 a.m.: According to to Scott Wolf of the Los Angeles Daily News, Redd’s transcripts have arrived at USC.  Wolf goes on to write that “Redd should be at USC on Saturday and then officially announce his decision.”

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48 Responses to “Updated: Silas Redd remains firmly in USC’s crosshairs”
  1. dkhhuey says: Jul 26, 2012 10:20 PM

    He is gone – there is no reason for this kid to stay at PSU.

  2. BrownsTown says: Jul 26, 2012 10:49 PM

    Did Lane bring the prostitutes like he did at Tennessee?

  3. lordundisputed says: Jul 26, 2012 11:43 PM

    @brownstown Yeah, your mom was there. You should be proud.

  4. savethisname says: Jul 26, 2012 11:43 PM

    Can’t blame him after the sanctions imposed on Penn State. NCAA has crippled these athletes who had nothing to do with the scandal, they have no choice but to move on.

  5. 1trojanlove says: Jul 27, 2012 12:04 AM

    @BrownsTown- life must suck in Cleveland for you to be hating on Lane Kiffin… Fight On! ✌

  6. BrownsTown says: Jul 27, 2012 12:05 AM

    @lordundisputed – that comeback was so weak and limp, Bob Dole’s agent just sent you a contract proposal.

  7. BrownsTown says: Jul 27, 2012 12:11 AM

    @trojanlove…..thanks for coming out of the woodwork. I was wondering where all of those fans that weren’t going to USC games the past two years were hiding.

  8. 1trojanlove says: Jul 27, 2012 12:13 AM

    Come to So Cal Silas you will love it… And you can play football with your Boy QB Max Wittek. Oh, and the weather is a little better than Penn…

  9. 1trojanlove says: Jul 27, 2012 12:18 AM

    FYI @brownstown check older posts cuz I have always been here… Don’t always respond to blowholes spewing crap…! Fight On! ✌

  10. jkaflagg says: Jul 27, 2012 12:48 AM

    All within the rules, but…..just feels sleazy trying to benefit from the tragic situation at PSU….and please don’t tell me that USC is just “looking out for the kid”, they’re looking out for themselves…..If Redd approached USC that’s different, but that doesn’t appear to be the case here…..

    But since a major part of a college football coaches job is to slobber over teenagers who are large and run fast, I guess no one will worry about any additional loss of dignity…..just hope the kid who will suddenly have his scholarship yanked to make room for Redd will understand.

  11. titan1971 says: Jul 27, 2012 1:21 AM

    I guess you don’t remember when all the opportunists came out of the woodwork to “recruit” at USC when they were hit with their sanctions. You can only hope than PSU can handle their situation as well as USC.

  12. jdmemphis says: Jul 27, 2012 1:29 AM

    Sandusky raped those kids so now Lane Kiffin rapes Penn St….

  13. pdcooper08 says: Jul 27, 2012 1:40 AM

    Being an SC fan, I have mixed feeling regarding this. On one hand, I say screw it, go after the kid, it’s pay back time. On the other hand, it feels like poaching and I’m not sure we need to do that to be a winner.

    I know when SC was down, there where plenty of poachers that sifted through the pile causing a handfull to exit, but I still don’t like taking from someone else.

    What ever decision the kid makes, I say good luck to him.

  14. soundsofsuccess7 says: Jul 27, 2012 3:57 AM

    the Trojans were SI’s program of the last decade; now Kiffin is recreating the ultimate program. the key to how he’s doing it– recruit, don’t be afraid to give everybody else the middle finger. if it didn’t work, he’d look like a clown. but then again he has made everyone else look like Timmy from South Park in recruiting, and that’s why the Trojan dynasty has just begun.

    Whether or not Silas comes to SC, Kiffin is sending a message to everyone else– we’re gonna get the best players, we’re gonna win, try to stop us.

  15. mhalt99 says: Jul 27, 2012 7:06 AM

    jkaflagg says:
    All within the rules, but…..just feels sleazy trying to benefit from the tragic situation at PSU….and please don’t tell me that USC is just “looking out for the kid”, they’re looking out for themselves…..If Redd approached USC that’s different, but that doesn’t appear to be the case here…..

    maybe….just maybe he doesn’t want to be associated with a bunch of child raping, child raping enabling Scumbags that “Are Penn State”

    also how sleazy did it feel for Paterd-O to look the other way so he could win a few more games while kids were molested? looking back, did you have fun at those games? most people would look back on the last decade or so and be sick…..not the Patermites though!

  16. omniusprime says: Jul 27, 2012 9:02 AM

    Come on over to the light side Silas Redd, get away from Hades Valley and Pedophile State. Beautiful beaches and California Girls await you. Silas should think of himself instead of some worthless institution, if he wants a pro career he’d better head west to Tailback U.

    To all those natural born losers who are saying they’ll stay I hope you all lose every game!

  17. dannythebisforbeast says: Jul 27, 2012 9:03 AM

    Mhalt. Yea because 4-10 people out of 500,000 that were involved. What’s that percentage?? Everyone’s a scumbag in your eyes. I’m sure you don’t stereotype any other group of people.

    I hope he stays if the oLine stays he should have just as good a year statistically. Lane kiffin is a true scumbag
    Not just for this but all the other $h!t he has done. If he stays he will be THE fan favorite. Takes heart to be loyal when everyone is telling you, you don’t have to be.

  18. dannythebisforbeast says: Jul 27, 2012 9:05 AM

    Mhalt. Don’t reply don’t want to hear from your racist,sexist,anti Semitic a$$

  19. thegamecocker says: Jul 27, 2012 9:30 AM

    I’m reading these posts and I understand how USC fans feel. The punishment issued over the Reggie bush incident was far too harsh in my opinion. Folks like the late Paul Dee (former U. of Miami AD LOL) in particular and and the late Myles Brand tired to put the kabosh to the Trojans because they were so good. Outstanding recruiting by previous head coach Pete Carrol and current head coach Lane Kiffin prevented a dramatic drop in quality on the field. I understand that many USC fans / supporters want to avenge the wrongdoing by the NCAA. But I think this happens on the field and not in recruiting players from other teams in this particular case/

    I personally don’t care for Lane Kiffin. He makes comments that are uncalled for. But he is an outstanding recruiter and coach. But trying to recruit a player from Penn State under these circumstances to me, is beyond reproach. It just doesn’t feel right; it doesn’t feel like something Pete Carrol, John Robinson, or John McKay would do. I think it’s time for Kiffin to think about the distinguished history of this program and
    FIGHT ON from there!

  20. houndofthebaskervols says: Jul 27, 2012 10:43 AM

    I’m betting on Kiffin and Ogre. They put you at the top of their priority list and you are as good as signed.

  21. ematusko says: Jul 27, 2012 10:54 AM

    @ omniusprime – I bet your life is very fulfilling. Full of promise and joy. You work well with others and dedicate endless hours of goodwill and charity to those in need. Am I close? Didn’t think so.

    I DESPISE PATERNO, AND EVEN MORESO SANDUSKY! You can call me an apologist all you want, but that is a wild inaccuracy.

    I am a PSU fan though. Many of my family members are alumni, and I know for a fact that they are neither pedofiles, not condone such behavior. In fact, they’re sickend to no end by all of what occurred.

    1/100,000th of the living folks associated with the university were involved. Lumping everyone under the same umbrella is short sided, and stupid – even for a Rhodes’ scholar such as yourself.

    Would you lump all Mexicans into the same category because of the atrocities caused by Mexican drug cartels? Despise all Koreans because of their dictator and his idiot son? If so, I hope you live alone and don’t have any children. I’d hate to think that anyone would ever look to you for guidance or support.

  22. drarb says: Jul 27, 2012 10:56 AM

    Given Lane Kiffin’s record at Tennessee if I were any football player I would worry. He has the feel of a sleazy medicine man – buy this potion and I will cure you. Kiffin is not much of a coach, he is a salesman; he cows how to salivate over high school kids, he knows how to kiss the royal robes of their parents and he knows how to “induce” these kids to follow him to wherever.
    Poaching from another university doesn’t feel right – I didn’t like it when it happened to SC, won’t like it when it happens to UNC (academics scandal) will have mixed emotions about Miami because they may be shut down (at least according ncaa rules, but does the ncaa follow its own rules?)
    Back to Redd at USC – if he goes I wish him well, if he stays I wish him well.

  23. coolhorn says: Jul 27, 2012 11:16 AM

    Why am I not surprised that Kiffin is acting like a snake oil salesman in recruiting Redd. He can recruit, but if I was USC fan, I’d tap the brakes a bit on little Kiffin’s coaching ability. So far, the best coach I’ve seen in that family is Daddy Kiffin, the DC.

    Reference the comments painting all Penn State fans with a broad brush…it’s simply not true. Yes, Spanier, Curley, and Paterno were in a position to speak for the university, and make important decisions, and yep, they made some atrocious decisions, even criminal ones, regarding Jerry Sandusky’s serial raping of young boys. The university’s athletic program has received an appropriate punishment from the NCAA, and the individuals involved in the Sandusky scandal either already have, or will, face judgment through the legal system.

    Penn State’s current players and recruits will stay or go…it’s their choice, per the NCAA. Most coaches at other schools are at least presenting the more seemly image of NOT recruiting Penn State’s players. Little Kiffin obviously rolls another way.

  24. dannythebisforbeast says: Jul 27, 2012 11:18 AM

    Just pulled this nugget from an article I read. Since his name is Corbett not Paterno. It won’t fuel outrage. If you live in PA it surely should. $3 mil for a 200k contribution for election. In short a rapist was subsidized by the state of PA To grow his rape camp. I believe that is waaay more disgusting than anything at PSU

    Even Corbett’s staunchest defenders are hard put to explain some of his actions in the Jerry Sandusky matter. One of those confounding actions took place after Corbett became governor, when he knew that Sandusky was the target of a criminal probe for molesting young boys through his charity, The Second Mile, and yet he signed off on a $3 million state grant for Sandisky’s charity. Frankly, Corbett’s mishandling of the Sandusky probe in 2009 when he was attorney general is even more reprehensible, but we’re limiting our bill of impeachment to his actions as governor.

  25. mhalt99 says: Jul 27, 2012 11:23 AM

    ematusko says:

    Very good words about Penn State. I think the main problem is that the initial reaction of the students when the head coach was fired (which was before all the facts were out) along with the many PSU apologists, which is a very small percentage of PSU alumni and supporters is unfortunately making all of you look very bad as a whole.

    I think if more PSU supporters and alums were more like you and vocally condemning Paterno and the blind loyalists then a better and more positive view of Penn State would emerge. Until PSU fans and supporters can affectively silence or drown out those blind loyalists the hate for all things Penn State will continue.

  26. ematusko says: Jul 27, 2012 11:36 AM

    @mhalt99 – I don’t think the ENTIRE student body supports Paterno. Many do, but as they grow older, and move out of the area their views become less myopic their outlook will change. I could be wrong, but I know I’ve changed many of my ways since I was in the 19-22 range.

    I agree though. The Paterno apologists don’t make it any easier on realists like myself. Paterno did many good things, but this unforgivable inaction/cover up really negates all of it and shows the man’s hubris.

  27. mbkrouse says: Jul 27, 2012 11:57 AM

    Well that bastion of morality, the NCAA has set up a process for competitors to go onto Penn State’s campus and lure football players to their teams.

    I have no problem with Penn State foolball players going to other schools nor do I have a problem with the penalties meeted out to Penn State.

    I do have a problem with allowing recruiters on campus to lure players away.

    Thanks NCAA. In your zeal to do good you again punish the innocent.

  28. dannythebisforbeast says: Jul 27, 2012 12:01 PM

    the NCAA doesnt care about doing good.
    That was grandstanding at best, illegal at worst.

    NCAA has rules and regulations for a reason. They bypassed ALL of them.

    There are federal reporting laws for suspicion of abuse Penn State bypassed all of them.

    Seems those in power want to be judge and jury

  29. 1trojanlove says: Jul 27, 2012 12:04 PM

    The Lane Kiffin Bashing is unbelievable, the judging of this man is crazy! I guess he has a personality that rubs some people the wrong way, and I guess that your Opinion! But when you talk to the recruits and the family’s that he talks to they love him, so there is a disconnect from the actual people who know him and the haters who judge from a far.

    In regards to poaching or stealing players from PSU, i think people forget the fact if players want to stay at PSU they can! People make out to look like Lane went to Conn. and kidnaped this kid and the family! Silas Redd and his family must of had interest in USC for Kiffin to fly 3000 miles to see him. So if the kid wants to play for at a chance at the rose bowl or NC than you can’t blame him!

  30. mhalt99 says: Jul 27, 2012 12:32 PM


    First off, it is pretty much impossible for me to be racist, sexist and/or anti semitic. Especially considering, as you infer, as to the 4/10 people were old white guys of non semitic religious origins. Are you taking one out of the Michelle Bachman playbook by pointing McCarthy type fingers? Maybe you should call me an alien who is trying to steal the planets women…..about as dumb as calling me a sexist racist anti semite for complaining about a bunch of old white child rapist enablers who don’t keep halal or kosher.

    Yes, I do group all child molesters, rapists and those who enable rapists or look the other way as scumbags. Don’t you???? And, of course not all PSU alums or supporters are bad people (the vast majority are good hard working people embarrassed by what happened and by idiot alumni like you), but the ones who have all of the facts that continue to blindly support Paterd-O and complain about sanctions are very…..well dangerous people who are reminiscent of the brain washed Hitler Youth.

    Also, if Lane Kiffin is as you say a “scumbag” what does that make Paterd-O? Interested on your opinion here. How does every win Paterd-O has make you feel?

    Lastly, Philadelphia Eagle fans are by some, viewed to be the worst, ugliest, meanest, yada yada yada fans of all time…..YET, when a beloved running back in Deuce Staley left for the Steelers, by far the vast majority of those “horrible” fans were happy he might win a Super Bowl. When Brian Dawkins left, he was greeted as a hero upon his return game.

    Why do you have so much hate for your RB? The basic moral contract he signed when he went to Penn State was broken by the head coach and the university preventing him from going to a bowl game. How fast would he be kicked off the team for breaking team rules? Furthermore, some lineman may leave while others will choose different schools – should he take the extra physical punishment because of this. If many of the defenders leave or wideouts should he take the extra wear and tear as he will be keyed on for no reason? If you love him, set him free. You should be happy for him.

    Or keep crying, moaning and complaining like you are currently doing. How’s that working out for you?

  31. birdsflynorth206 says: Jul 27, 2012 12:47 PM

    Why is everyone acting like USC is the only school recruiting Penn State players?? I mean they are going by the rules so there should be no issue at all. Everyone that has a problem with this just doesn’t like Kiffin or USC

  32. BrownsTown says: Jul 27, 2012 1:05 PM

    Kiffin is just recruiting PSU players to help fill some of the tens of thousands of empty seats in the stands at the Coliseum. A simple misunderstanding.

  33. ematusko says: Jul 27, 2012 1:50 PM

    @dannythebisforbeast – “Especially considering, as you infer, as to the 4/10 people were old white guys of non semitic religious origins.”

    Not for nothing, but Spanier is Jewish, and of S. African extraction. Why are some poeple so quick to make ASSumptions?

    I don’t assume that you live with your parents. I don’t assume that women find you creepy. I don’t assume that you don’t own a toothbrush. I don’t assume that you have an extensive comic book collection.

    See, that would only bring me to your level.

  34. ematusko says: Jul 27, 2012 1:55 PM

    Aren’t I the idiot?!?! I went after the wrong poster.

    @ mhalt99 – this post was for you. ^^^^

    Sorry, trying to work and monitor these threads can be tricky.

  35. trojanlove says: Jul 27, 2012 1:56 PM

    Its amazing how people hate USC for wanting to give another player a shot at winning a potential championship. Yes, USC needs a RB but have you guys thought about Redd himself? Maybe he would like to play for a winning team? If he wants to pursue a career in the NFL, chances are he’ll have a better shot with a team that will allow him to excel in his position. USC and Redd both have needs and both can fill those needs for each other.

    When USC was hit with sanctions, you didn’t hear about us moping or crying about it. We said “Fine, bring it on! We’ll be back with a vengeance.” Yet here we are. We have the potential to win a National Championship this year if we play our games well. USC will have the last laugh and there’s nothing any of you can do about it other than enjoy the ride.

    For those of you who are still bitter about Kiffin and Tennessee, please get over it. Its old news now. Nobody cares anymore. Most of you hate USC just because we are awesome and you know what? Stop being so darn jealous.

  36. melonheadsdaddy says: Jul 27, 2012 2:47 PM

    Man I love all the “we” talk on this thread…I hate psu, I hate USC, I LOATHE scumbag kiffin (but do not mind his wife). Love my eagles (as they were mentioned above) and lastly…GBO. Kiffin gonna get more than karma by acting like a classless jerkoff…hope to to see Silas spurn him and remain in happy valley to finish what he started…anyone calling out psu football players for remaining united in a time of adversity is as delusional as me predicting an sec championship AND national championship for those volunteers from Tennessee. Before kiffin does it at USC. Suck on that Trojan fans.

  37. mungman69 says: Jul 27, 2012 3:02 PM

    I wish that the Penn St. people would own up to what happened. Stop blaming others. You Penn St. people are the enablers, all of you. You made Paterno into a god who could do no wrong. Look how that worked out.

  38. mhalt99 says: Jul 27, 2012 3:27 PM

    ematusko says,

    Michelle Bachman Ematusko……you do realize what South African means when talking about race relations and backgrounds? I don’t think palin would’ve said anything dumber.

    You just made PSU look like the backward hick school that people are WRONGLY making it out to be. Please tell me you are a fan and not an alum.

    As for the religion, you got me. One of the four old white guys was of a semetic background. Burn! Good job, you got me – I don’t really care or keep track of people’s religions.

  39. ematusko says: Jul 27, 2012 3:47 PM

    1,000 apologies @mhalt99. I see where you’re going, I think. S. Africa was settled by the British, I know. Regardless, not sure why race/religion was brought in, but you did open the bag. It is less than 10% caucasian and has not been under British rule in over 100 years. Not sure why we got on this subject….oh yeah, you brought it up.

    If you “don’t really care or keep track of people’s religions” then don’t make a comment that they were “of non semitic religious origins” in the first place.

    As for affiliation to PSU, dad’s an alumni, doctor, member of mensa, and heavily involved in animal charities. He now despises Paterno as well, so I don’t know that he really belongs in the category you’ve mentioned above.

    It seems as though you have alot of deep seeded, liberal hatred. I’m not a therapsit, but I can try to help you.

  40. soundsofsuccess7 says: Jul 27, 2012 5:48 PM


    keep talking and we’ll keep putting together the best team in college football. have fun watching Kiffin hold up that national championship trophy this January and many more after that.

  41. pdcooper08 says: Jul 27, 2012 7:49 PM

    @thegamecocker: Very well said, I agree with most of your comments. Fight On!

  42. melonheadsdaddy says: Jul 27, 2012 10:43 PM


  43. melonheadsdaddy says: Jul 27, 2012 10:46 PM

    Missed me calling myself delusional did ya? No big deal…more sanctions coming. I promise he’ll eff up sooner than you’d like..probably strip “you” of this years national championship just like a few years back…good luck with that!

  44. crubenst says: Jul 27, 2012 10:47 PM

    USC fans, PSU fans and all other football fans are exactly the same. This is not a football issue this is a human issue. This could have happened at any university in the country and unfortunately probably IS happening somewhere right now. The real important thing is to punish the offenders (Sandusky, Paterno, Spanier, Curley) and make sure things are put in place so that this will never happen again. The current football team is irrelevant to the real issue.

  45. omniusprime says: Jul 28, 2012 12:02 AM

    @ematsuko – my life is far more fulfilling than yours will ever be. I live in Cali and I have plenty of Mexican friends and neighbors. Sorry little pedophile wannabe but you’ll have to work very very hard to ever have a luxurious life like mine. Drool on little pedophile protector!

    As for Silas Redd it’s looking like he’s about to make the smartest decision of his life getting out of Hades Valley and Pedophile State and coming to the promised land of Cali. One look at the totally awesome campus of USC and he’ll be sold. Throw in a tour of the LA area and he’ll be dazzled by the Hollywood lights and the California Girls.

  46. soundsofsuccess7 says: Jul 28, 2012 1:38 AM

    Tennesse fucking sucks dude, I’m glad to see your bitter about Kiffin giving you guys the middle finger though, that shows at least you guys can recognize when you have a good coaching staff.. maybe you guys will make a BCS bowl again someday.. goodluck!

  47. ematusko says: Jul 28, 2012 3:47 AM

    @omniusprime – You seem like the total package. Seeing as I’ll be retired in less than 20 years (I’m 30), and you’ll still be grinding it out for an additional 25 beyond that, i have a hard time being envious. I commend you for your “luxurious” life and positive prospects in a state that is on the brink of bankruptcy. Best of luck, sweetie.

    Adios from Texas,
    ematusko (your real dad)

  48. melonheadsdaddy says: Jul 28, 2012 9:00 AM

    Ooohhhh…big curse words to show anger. OKAY! Read my comments bro…I was making fun of myself AND the team I root for…you must have your USC blinders on though…Kiffin is gonna do something to eff up. It’s science…as for having a great coaching staff? They’re good at cheating…learned how to NOT get caught after leaving the ORIGINAL UT…(sorry Texas)

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