Lane Kiffin shamelessly recruits Silas Redd from Penn State (Video)

Lane Kiffin says he feels for Penn State’s coaches who are trying to keep their program together despite losing multiple scholarships, but he doesn’t feel badly enough to refrain from making a recruiting pitch aimed at one of their top players.

The LA Times reported on Monday that after Penn State was penalized by the NCAA, USC contacted the school about its intent to recruit sophomore running back Silas Redd, who rushed for 1,241 yards and seven touchdowns last season. Unprompted, Kiffin directed part of his introductory comments at Pac-12 media day on Tuesday toward Redd without specifically mentioning the Penn State player’s name.

“Our No. 1 concern is our running back position,” Kiffin said. “We’re very concerned about our depth there. We’re going to have a lot of seven-man boxes, a lot of opportunity for a running back to make plays in our system, so we really have to do a good job of developing some depth at running back.”

Kiffin was later asked about USC’s interest in Silas. That’s when Mr. Integrity drew the line.

“We can’t speak on any kids on their roster,” Kiffin answered. “They’re just like high school kids at this point, so we can’t say anything about it.”

So let’s get this straight: Kiffin, representing one school in trouble with the NCAA, is trying to poach kids from another school in trouble with the NCAA, all the while feeling badly for the coaches.

“I feel for their staff, especially the head coach, because just like our deal, our kids had nothing to do with this,” said Kiffin.

Yes, I feel badly for you, Bill O’Brien, but I don’t mind swiping your best player. Lane Kiffin, everybody.

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  • http://larrybrownsports.com Larry Brown

    He’s the only coach that I knew of who singled out a specific Penn State player … and said he felt for them. It was a mixed message that I wanted to point out. 

    Based on that article Mora was interested in players in general, not any specific players. I wasn’t focusing on whether it was moral to chase after Penn State players, just the irony of Lane’s statement.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_LFHZJGW4Y6KIH725OXU2FN6V3A Joel

    Morality in college football? 

    Redd would be better off at Penn State anyway.  They don’t have a TV ban and he will be the feature of their offense.  At USC he would just be part of the committee at tailback while Matt Barkley throws it around 70% of the time.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/FBXA36TSVTSLFZ55BHQZ2NNJXY anitsirc

    Larry Brown are you still in high school?  Dude wake up; NCAA football is a dog eat dog world…none of this BS “i’m sorry to hurt your feelings” crap…as a writer you should know how competitive this sport is.  Wake up sheeple

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/AXMYAM2OV4CDLF2M3OLN4PN3DY Allan

    Did you write any stories when 6 USC players were recruited by other teams and then transfered from the Trojan program 2 years ago?   

    If Redd does not go to USC, then he will go somewhere else.   You are just plain dumb if you think USC is the only team singling out Redd.  The guy is considering transferring and dozens of school are all over him.

    What goes around comes around.  USC got nailed by the NCAA, losing 30 scholarships because one player (bush) was secretly  bribed to leave the school early.   If Redd decides to go the USC, it is about time the Trojans caught a break.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/DT4X5TSOTA7Y7SMA5QD75AHSB4 jets

    Well its a coaches right to ask to talk with a player and try and get him, what’s wrong with that.  The NCAA endorses that. USC got hit with sanctions and did anyone have sympathy for them, in fact most were cheering.  So if Lane said there was a need at RB he said that way before the PSU sanctions and if he did it again so Redd could hear so what, any coach would trying to improve his team.   The goal is to get better and win a championship, something Redd can’t do with PSU.  TV, more exposure that’s all crap he would have more national exposure with USC and nothing wrong with sharing the RB workload and being the more power back might have more carries and still be fresh for the next season or the NFL.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/HDPPRCXDZBW6266A2SJ73YTAM4 David

    It’s funny that people would say “he drew the line at not naming the player”. He didn’t draw the line for any reason other than they are not allowed to comment on individual players *by NCAA rules*. The last thing USC needs to do is break NCAA rules and get more sanctions.

  • B1G22

    Hey Allen, Kiffin cried his eyes out when people recruited his players in the wake of the USC scandal.  We are talking about a 2 faced, double standard crybaby scumbag spouting off.  Irony much?  Check Kiffin and his mouth before you stick up for the clown.