Posted August 20, 2013

USC says recruiting story involving Snoop Dogg and Silas Redd is inaccurate

NCAAF
Silas Redd rushed for 951 yards and four touchdowns for USC in 2012. (Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

Silas Redd rushed for 905 yards and nine touchdowns for Southern California in 2012. (Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

USC officials said in a statement Tuesday night that a story published saying that running back Silas Redd was picked up on his recruiting visit to the school by rapper Snoop Dogg is inaccurate.

A book about Penn State football called “Fourth and Long: The Fight for the Soul of College Football” by John Bacon said that the multi-platinum selling rapper and head coach Lane Kiffin “pulled out all the stops to score a late-summer roster coup. He got his man, but Redd couldn’t save the Trojans from a disappointing season from start to finish.”

Redd arrived at USC last year after being allowed to transfer from Penn State after the school was hit with recruiting and bowl sanctions following the Jerry Sandusky scandal.

THAMEL: USC’s Lane Kiffin entering make-or-break season

USC issued the following statement:

“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 statement also said that Bacon never contacted Redd or USC to confirm this report before publishing his book.


17 comments
mikechaney26
mikechaney26

The worst part is ESPN, CNN/SI, and Bleacher Report make posts about stuff like this and then it becomes reality when chatting with anyone. They seem to have no clue of the ramifications of simple crap like this, but don’t even research it themselves. Of course they act like they’re just “reporting”, but it’s sloppy and misleading, like the guy’s book.

Some kid right now is working on a sport’s site that may not be big for 50 years, but he’s learning how not to do it by reading CNN/SI, ESPN, and CBS Sports. Nothing lasts forever and in terms of time all those sport’s conglomerates haven’t been successful for long.

Ciscos
Ciscos

Bad way to start off selling a book, but having SI and ESPN run a story about something that never occurred.  Perhaps the writer should verify his sources before putting something in a book.

BVI
BVI

hey ESPN Sucks1,

how do you really feel about USC???

GregSamick
GregSamick

Snoop Dog changed his name to Snoop Lion

eddie767
eddie767

Who wants to help me write a book about PSU? I'm sure we can find a way to tell lies and not be sued by anyone. If you don't mind splitting the $20 we'll net.

ESPNSucks1
ESPNSucks1

Who cares. USC is irrelevant anyways; 7-5 last season when they were pegged to win it. They had a worse record than Penn State (8-4).  Lane Kiffin is possibly the worst football coach ever, yet he never seems to have a way at weaseling his way into a job.

BVI
BVI

Looks like a 'last ditch attempt' to sell a book...

mikechaney26
mikechaney26

This is completely false. Why would they use Snoop? Kiffen and some coaches flew out on a private het to Penn State to make their offer. It’s been documented 20 times. No need for Snoop to recruit a guy like Silas. Almost comical. At least the guy who wrote the book is getting some publicity for a book that likely would only sell a few copies outside of Penn State alum and fans.

HansKatros
HansKatros

What? Lame Kiffin wouldnt do anything like that LMAO LOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOL

atthebarbershop
atthebarbershop

@mikechaney26 No, no , no. they're just reporting on someone else's report. so when its wrong, they can say they have no responsibility.

mikechaney26
mikechaney26

@GregSamick True. But this is how bad reporting is nowadays. Especially when CNN/SI end up with Bleacher Report. I like some Bleacher Report, but it's mostly kid's blogging humor and innuendo, sort of like this book.

mikechaney26
mikechaney26

@atthebarbershop @mikechaney26 Exactly. Though, I did read Stewart Mandel's Mailbag on CNN/SI and he at least cracked on this new journalism. Basically, what you hear--Print it and worry later. Retractions are easy nowadays. Who needs facts, when people really don't care anymore.