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USC football: Silas Redd was not picked up by Snoop Dogg in a limo

Silas ReddRepresentatives for USC’s football program issued a statement to the media on Tuesday to refute a report that said ex-Penn State running back Silas Redd was picked up by Snoop Dogg in a limousine upon arriving in Los Angeles last summer.

Redd was a star running back at Penn State and decided to transfer after the NCAA punished the school for the Jerry Sandusky scandal. USC coach Lane Kiffin put the full-court press on Redd, wooing him with a private Mercedes jet among other things.

In the new book “Fourth and Long: The Fight for the Soul of College Football“, which comes out on Sept. 3, author John U. Bacon reportedly says Snoop was waiting for Redd in a limo when his airplane touched down in LA (Kiffin supposedly called in a favor to Snoop). Whatever the Trojans did worked, because Redd played for SC last year, rushing for 905 yards and nine touchdowns.

But USC wants to make it clear that Snoop did NOT have anything to do with Redd’s recruitment.

“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 said in a statement.

So there you have it. You really can’t take PR people at their word because they obviously have self-serving purposes, but I’m not buying the Snoop-Silas story anyway. Do you really think Snoop has that much time on his hands where he can just show up at an airport to help Kiffin recruit? I doubt Snoop’s busy weed smoking schedule would allow it.

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.