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Posted at 12:28 PM ET, 07/26/2012

Report: Silas Redd meeting with USC Coach Lane Kiffin


Silas Redd reportedly is meeting with USC’s Lane Kiffin today. (Gene J. Puskar / AP)
What should Silas Redd do?

Should the running back stay at Penn State, whose program was hit with crippling NCAA penalties stemming from the Jerry Sandusky child sex-abuse scandal, or take advantage of the opportunity to transfer to another school and retain immediate eligibility?

Redd, a junior who rushed for 1,241 yards and seven touchdowns last year, hasn’t tipped his hand, but is discussing his future this morning with USC Coach Lane Kiffin, according to an ESPN report. Playing for the Trojans would offer the possibility of a postseason for Redd, whose final decision could come as early as Monday, ESPN reports.

Earlier this week, Silas Redd Sr. told the Hartford Courant: “Silas Redd is a student-athlete at Penn State University, period.”


Running back Michael Zordich (left) and linebacker Michael Mauti (right) led players who vowed to stick together at Penn State. (Nabil K mark / AP)
As the unprecedented free agency kept rolling Wednesday, other Penn State players expressed allegiance to the program on Twitter:

“This team is sticking together. We aren't going anywhere. And we could not be more proud to be Penn Staters now. We look at this as a great opportunity to have the ability to bring back not only a team but an entire university.

“This team has taken on more adversity than any team has faced in history, which is a testament to our commitment to our team's character, our fans, and our university. One man didn't build this program, and one man sure as hell cannot tear it down. This program was built on the backs of the thousands of great men who put on the Penn State uniform. Today it is no different.

“No sanction or politician can tear this team apart. No one can take away what this university means to us. We will stick together and create our own legacy. Our loyalty lies only with our teammates, coaches, fans and families. No one else.

“It's not going to be easy, but we know that we have acquired the strength that we have overcome, and we will embrace our anger and burn it as fuel this season.

“We can't wait for Sept. 1 and to be back in Beaver Stadium and playing for Penn State in front of the best fans in the nation. We ask everyone to come out, show the support, wear your colors proudly and show that adversity makes the Penn State nation tougher and stronger.”

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