USC Football: Lane Kiffin Seizing an Opportunity With Silas Redd

If you have an issue with Lane Kiffin’s pursuit of Penn State running back Silas Redd, take a seat in front of the world’s smallest violin and start playing. If music isn’t your forte maybe you would like some wine to go with that cheese?

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It’s not surprising that Kiffin’s push to secure Redd has been a hot topic of conversation in recent days. If the coach does so much as sneeze, it usually garners national attention. What is difficult to wrap my head around is the amount of criticism he is taking for it.

The notion that he is unfairly taking advantage of the situation doesn’t have a leg to stand on. How is it not fair? Any college coach in the country can go after Redd provided they notify Penn State of their intentions to do so. It’s not as if Kiffin is the only one who can speak with him.

Those who complain that it’s another example of the rich getting richer, all you have to do is take a quick glance at the running back depth chart to see that the Trojans are anything but loaded in the backfield. Curtis McNeal, who ran for 1005 yards and 6 TD’s a year ago, is a solid number one back. However, once you get beyond him, four of the remaining six backs on the roster have yet to carry the ball in a college game. The addition of Redd (1241 yards, seven TD’s in 2011) would undoubtedly fill the teams’ most pressing need.

Some head coaches, including Penn State’s Bill O’Brien, have indicated that if the situations were reversed and they were in USC’s position, they would not recruit another school’s players. I don’t believe that for one second. You can’t go more than a day or two anymore without hearing about the latest recruiting violations at a major college university. Coaches are always looking for an edge, a loophole, any advantage possible in order to get the top talent on their campus, even in some cases if it means using illegal tactics to do so. Who’s to say if given the chance to luck talented players away from another university legally, as is the case in this instance, they wouldn’t jump at the opportunity to do so?

Kiffin is always going to be a lightning rod for criticism, his every moved analyzed under a microscope. Skeptics will emphasize the negatives and ignore the one thing that matters most. He’s doing what other coach in his position would do; his job. For Trojan fans everywhere that means one thing: continued success.

Topics: Lane Kiffin, Penn State Nittany Lions, Silas Redd

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  • Carbon Black

    Bielema (Wisconsin), Fitzgerald (Northwestern) and Richt (Georgia) all have decided not to recruit Penn State players. Why is it so hard to believe that O’Brien would arrive at the same decision? Assuming that coaches are liars is probably easy to believe as a USC fan considering how Kiffin treated Tennessee to return to USC, but it’s cynical to apply that standard to the rest of Division I college football coaches.

  • Trenise

    When USC was in this same situation, over 40 coaches contacted USC players about transferring. And zero of them bothered to even tell Kiffin that they were trying to poach his players. So if USC wants to do something to strengthen ONE position, they have every right to do so.

    And in regards to Tennessee it makes 100% sense that Kiffin would take the USC job. let’s be real. Sure it wasn’t the most kosher thing to do, but that’s the way the cookie crumbles sometimes.

    Just because USC was sanctioned and none of its major players WANTED to jump ship does not mean that they can’t go after Redd. If Redd didn’t want to leave, he won’t. Simple as that.

    • Kyle Kensing

      The NCAA isn’t stopping Kiffin from pursuing Redd (obviously) or Illinois from sending eight assistants to stake out campus (obviously). They are well within the rules. In lay terms: Don’t hate the player, etc. etc.

      To that end, I do hate the game. The regulations may need some examination. This open recruiting isn’t something that occurs with typical transfers.
      Kiffin did lament the same happening to him, which does make the situation somewhat ironic.

  • Carbon Black

    Trenise: You misread my post. My point was that your colleague Erik basically called Bill O’Brien a liar saying that he did not believe O’Brien when he said if the situation were reversed he would not recruit USC players. Bill O’Brien was not an NCAA coach when USC was in this situation, so it’s impossible to judge him. Better journalism would be nice.

  • Carbon Black

    Trenise: You misread my post. My point was that your colleague Erik basically called Bill O’Brien a liar saying that he did not believe O’Brien when he said if the situation were reversed he would not recruit USC players. Bill O’Brien was not an NCAA coach when USC was in this situation, so it’s impossible to judge him. Better journalism would be nice.