As part of the penalties the NCAA handed down Monday, Penn State players are now essentially free agents, able to transfer to other schools without having to sit out a season.
Schools must first inform Penn State if they’re interested in a player and, less than 24 into this pigskin version of “Supermarket Sweep,” running back Silas Redd has drawn attention. USC, for one, has alerted Nittany Lions coaches that it is interested in Redd, ESPN reported.
Redd’s father told PennLive.com that there’s no decision yet about his son’s future. In response to a text, he replied, “Still sifting through it all!”
USC Coach Lane Kiffin declined to comment on Redd or any PSU players. “We cannot speak on any kids on their roster,” he said. “They are just like high school kids.”
Redd (5-9, 209 pounds) has two years of eligibility left and rushed for 1,241 yards and seven touchdowns last year. He played for King Low Heywood Thomas High School in Stamford, Conn., and the New York Daily News’ Mike Lupica writes that his dream was to play at Penn State.
Like many of his teammates, he’ll have to decide if that’s still the case now that a free-for-all is essentially underway. Former Florida State coach Bobby Bowden expects as much when it comes to recruiting at any time.
“Are you kiddin’ me? Are you kiddin’ me?” he said on ESPN’s “Mike and Mike” show. “That’s standard procedure. ‘Son, come to our school. We go to a bowl every year.’ ‘Son, come to our school. We’re not on probation.’ ”
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