The University of Southern California and coach Lane Kiffin disagree with an account in an upcoming book on Penn State football that the Trojans used rapper Snoop Dogg/Lion to help recruit former Nittany Lions running back Silas Redd.
Author John U. Bacon wrote in Fourth and Long: the Fight of rthe Soul of College Football, that Snoop Dog was instructed to pick Redd up at the airport on his recruiting visit after Penn State players were allowed to transfer in the wake of the NCAA sanctions last year against the program.
Kiffin said it's not true and the university backed him up by issuing a statement denying the report.
"I've never met Snoop Dogg in my life, much less been in his limo," Kiffin told the Los Angeles Times. "That would have been tough to have happened because I personally picked up Silas myself in my own car. So that must have been another Silas."
The school said in its 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. Bacon never contacted Redd or USC to confirm this report before publishing his book."
Redd ended up at USC and led the Trojans in rushing last season with 901 yards.
As far as this season, Kiffin indicated that Redd could be questionable for the season opener against Hawaii after underdoing knee surgery during spring practice.