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USC denies Snoop/Redd limo recruiting story

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It sounded too good to be true and, in the end, it was.

In John Bacon‘s new book “Fourth and Long: The Fight for the Soul of College Football,” which recounts the post-sanction time at Penn State, it was written that USC head coach Lane Kiffin called in a favor during the recruitment of Silas Redd.  Specifically, the book states, Kiffin had rapper Snoop Dogg/Lion meet Redd at the airport in a limo as part of the recruiting pitch.

The author goes on to state that “[f]rom the private jet to the favor called in with Snoop Dogg, Kiffin pulled out all the stops to score a late-summer roster coup.”  The only problem?  It never happened according to all the parties involved.

I’ve never met Snoop Dogg in my life, much less been in his limo,” Redd said. “Coach Kiffin picked me up from the airport. The person who wrote that has no credibility whatsoever.”

Redd, who led the Trojans in rushing with 901 yards last season, was one of the first Penn State players to take advantage of NCAA sanctions against the Nittany Lions, which stated that any player could leave the program and transfer to another FBS school while retaining immediate eligibility.

Like Redd, both Kiffin and the school openly scoffed at the report as well.

“That would have been tough to have happened because I personally picked up Silas myself in my own car. So, that must have been another Silas,” the head coach said following practice.

“Silas Redd has never met Snoop Dogg, much less received a ride from him in any type of vehicle. USC head Coach Lane Kiffin picked up Silas from the airport on his recruiting visit,” the school wrote in a statement. It added, “Bacon never contacted Redd or USC to confirm this report before publishing his book.”

There was also some news regarding Redd on the football front, and not exactly of the encouraging kind.

The back missed the latter half of spring practice after suffering a left knee injury that required surgery.  Limited throughout summer camp, Kiffin said “I’m not sure he will be” available for the season opener against Hawaii next weekend.

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7 Responses to “USC denies Snoop/Redd limo recruiting story”
  1. floridacock says: Aug 21, 2013 11:01 AM

    People who spew or publish lies and then hide behind the 1st amendment need to be bared from the publishing business. There are laws against this and they need to be enforced, and not just with some pitiful, back page retraction. And no I am not a Southern Cal fan, I am a fan of the REAL USC! GO COCKS!

  2. Romulus says: Aug 21, 2013 11:10 AM

    Hmm, funny you should say that but you were spreading the Selena Roberts lies when she was trying to launch her new website.

  3. 11inthebox says: Aug 21, 2013 1:14 PM

    @floridacock who says
    People who spew or publish lies and then hide behind the 1st amendment need to be bared from the publishing business. There are laws against this and they need to be enforced, and not just with some pitiful, back page retraction.
    Well said! Couldn’t agree more.
    Problem is, today’s publishing business thrives on telling people what they want to hear and confirming their suspicions…regardless of facts.

  4. thegamecocker says: Aug 21, 2013 9:24 PM

    Silas Redd is still a dog for leaving Penn St. He ain’t much……not much at all….Southern Cal has back-ups better than Silas Redd…..

  5. iwearshoesinhentucky says: Aug 21, 2013 10:46 PM

    Lame Kiffin is a known liar.

  6. dmvtransplant says: Aug 22, 2013 6:47 PM

    Did anyone expect USC to come out and admit this happened? What kind of decade long investigation would the NCAA have to go through to impose more pointless sanctions after Redd and Lane would be gone after this season anyway?

    On the bright side for USC fans in 2 years you can hire Chip Kelly.

  7. tigersgeaux says: Aug 23, 2013 5:49 AM

    True journalism has long been dead for most reporters and writers. To find true journalism, you have to search diligently like searching for a needle in a haystack and are almost overjoyed when you actually come upon the real thing.

    When writers and reporters do not even corroborate a rumor and turn it into fact, without getting independent sources, it is yellow journalism or no journalism at all. Why read the book if you know the sensationalism in it is not true. There are enough things out there that are sensationalistic and no need to create some.

    To the Southern Cal AD and president: Return calls from the LSU AD Joe Aleva for scheduling Southern Cal in a marque game in 2015/2016, as TCU is scheduled this season, Wisconsin is scheduled in 2014. Quit saying the PAC schedule is tough enough already and you don’t need another tough game. LSU has scheduled 5, that is right 5 top 25 opponents this season, equal to Alabama and Ohio State combined, so don’t complain about tough schedules, just schedule.

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