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Redd Leaves Penn State for USC

Penn State’s top rusher heads to the West Coast

 

 

Things just keep getting worse as the bad news continues to flow out of Happy Valley. In the wake of all that has gone down over the past few months, Penn State now has to deal with the loss of their best player. Star running back, Silas Redd, has announced his decision to leave Penn State and transfer to the University of Southern California. Under the sanctions handed down to Penn State by the NCAA, players are able to transfer schools until 2013 without the typical one year penalty. Redd has two years of eligibility remaining.

Penn State merchandise Redd’s departure should not come as a shock to Penn State fans. The university was hammered with NCAA sanctions that will prevent them from participating in post season play for the next four years. Penn State has also been forced to reduce the number of scholarships for the next four years, severely damaging recruiting. Redd spent the past weekend visiting the USC campus and meeting with coaches and players.

As recent as two weeks ago, Redd was quoted as saying, “It has nothing to do with us” in response to the findings of the Freeh Report. The report, released by former FBI director Louis Freeh, showed evidence of a cover-up of the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal. The late Joe Paterno was named in the report as one of the individuals who had knowledge of the Sandusky situation. The Freeh Report was used by the NCAA as the basis of the levied sanctions.

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While the move leaves Penn State with a huge hole at a key position, USC gets an instant offensive boost. Redd joins a team that already boasts a potent offense with quarterback Matt Barkley and wide receiver Robert Woods. However, they are admittedly thin at the running back position. With Redd running the ball, USC will be a favorite to win the Pac -12 Conference and possibly a national championship.

With training camp starting in a week, Bill O’Brien is now forced to find a replacement for Redd. Converted wide-out Bill Belton and Curtis Dukes are expected to carry the load for the Lions this season. With all of the recent off-field issues, it will be a welcomed site to see Penn State finally get on the field and try to succeed amid all of the obstacles that will be faced.

By Barry Leonard
BigTen-Fans.com Staff Writer

 

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