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Story on Redd/Snoop Inaccurate

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A just-published book about Penn State football, "Fourth and Long: The Fight for the Soul of College Football" by John Bacon, erroneously reports that Trojan tailback Silas Redd was picked up on his recruiting trip to USC by rapper Snoop Dogg when Redd was looking to transfer from Penn State.

USC has issued the following statement to media who have inquired about the report: "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."

Bacon never contacted Redd or USC to confirm this report before publishing his book.

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There are a lot of hate, jealousy, and resentment against USC. That is one of the prices USC pays for being excellent.

Maybe it was when Snoop Dog was using the name Lane Kiffen

Looks like everyone is a little fuzzy on the facts..."Fourth and Long" is not a book about Penn State football. It is a book that followed four Big Ten programs last year, one of which was Penn State. As for the Snoop Dogg story, only three people know the facts (Silas, Snoop and the driver if there is one) and I'm guessing they aren't talking. As for Lane Kiffin, when did he become a paragon of trustworthiness?

This is the sort of crud that annoys me. Where is the punishment for Bacon for his poor research skills when writing this book? FTFO!

Bacon responded to USC's denial by saying his notes show on two meetings with Penn State football players several on both occassions told him this is the story Silas Redd told them upon his return from his visit to USC. So either half a dozen or so Penn State players gratuitously concocted this lie, or Silas Redd lied, or of course, USC/Kiffen is being USC/Kiffen. Of the 3 possibilities, the Penn State players conspiring is the least likely and the USC/Kiffen possibility has the greatest track record of speaking falsely. But Bacon simply reported what the Penn State players told him.

Why doesn't HH take a stronger stance to these slanderous smears which have been thrown at the football program for years? Rather than issue a low visibility blog post to the alums, why not contact the writer and major news outlets and demand a retraction, or even threaten legal action? We are an easy target because we don't fight back. And, mud sticks if you allow it to dry, which is a lesson that we should have learned the hard way when our brand was irreparably tarnished during Bushgate.

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