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College football roundup: Penn State's Redd may be headed for USC

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Penn State junior running back Silas Redd has one foot out the door after meeting with Southern Cal coach Lane Kiffin, quarterback Matt Barkley and wide receiver Robert Woods over the weekend, according to reports.

Redd, the Nittany Lions' top rusher in 2011 with 1,241 yards and seven touchdowns, could compete for the starting job at USC.

The NCAA cleared current eligible Penn State players to transfer and play immediately, waiving the typical transfer year for players transferring from one FBS school to another.

Redd would have two years of eligibility including 2012.

ESPN reported Redd planned to meet with his family Monday but was also likely to meet again with Penn State coach Bill O'Brien, who asked that courtesy of Redd when they met last week.

Southern Cal, dealing with its own scholarship restrictions, would have to "create" a spot on its roster. The most likely development would be a player losing his scholarship spot because of eligibility issues or a walk-on surrendering his scholarship.

---Running back Michael Dyer, who transferred to Arkansas State after being suspended at Auburn, has been dismissed from the Arkansas State program before ever playing a game.

"I am truly disappointed that it didn't work out here at ASU for Mike," coach Gus Malzahn said in a statement released Sunday. "I wish Mike nothing but the best in the future."

The Jonesboro Sun reported the dismissal was probably related to a March traffic stop in which Dyer was pulled over by an Arkansas State Trooper who found marijuana and a gun in his vehicle. No charges were filed for the discovery of the handgun or drugs, and hee officer is now under investigation for his handling of the situation.

Dyer rushed for 1,242 yards for Auburn last season, but he testified in April during an armed robbery trial that his gun was used in the crime. He also admitted to smoking marijuana and synthetic marijuana. He was suspended indefinitely by Auburn.

--Ohio State running back Bri'onte Dunn was charged with possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

He was also charged with not wearing a seat belt.

Dunn, 19, enrolled early at Ohio State and is expected to contribute to an offense that lacks depth at the position.

Head coach Urban Meyer and Ohio State did not immediately comment on the arrest.

--Iowa running back De'Andre Johnson was suspended from the program after his second police incident in less than a week.

Head coach Kirk Ferentz said in a statement issued Sunday evening that the sophomore will no longer be allowed to participate in team activities, including weight training and conditioning. Fall practice begins later this week.

Johnson was ticketed for driving 60 mph in a 25 mph zone Saturday and cited for eluding arrest because he didn't immediately yield to officers.

That came after Johnson was issued a citation in Iowa City for maintaining a disorderly house stemming from repeated noise complaints.

---Penn State University planted a row of trees on the hill outside Beaver Stadium where a bronze likeness of late coach Joe Paterno stood until July 22.

School officials will not confirm the location of the Paterno statue, which became a point of dissention after the release of former FBI director Louis Freeh's findings in an independent investigation of the school's alleged cover-up of Jerry Sandusky's abuse of young boys on campus.

--ESPN paid $80 million for broadcast rights of the newly created Champions Bowl, matching the sports network's investment in the Rose Bowl, according to the Sports Business Journal.

The Champions Bowl begins play in 2014. It's an alliance between the SEC and Big 12, a New Year's Day game expected to announce a game site by January.
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