Penn State loses its first transfer as Silas Redd ponders a likely future with USC.
The recent hammer that has rocked Penn State’s football program has yet to result in the forecasted roster purge.
Programs such as the University of Georgia wondered out loud what it would be like to pluck select choice players from a vulnerable situation and bring them into their own nest.
Those moves have yet to be made and a large chunk of the team has committed to stay onboard; sanctions be damned.
The first cracks in a united front that has decided to go to war with coach Bill O’Brien are starting to show.
Safety Tim Buckley has chosen to push the eject button and has transferred to NC State in the wake of the scandal.
“I am excited to be a member of the NC State Wolfpack,” said Buckley in a statement. “The opportunity to come here and play at my state university, so close to home, was something that I couldn’t pass up.”
Since he redshirted at Penn State, Buckley still has four years of eligibility left.
Buckley’s transfer while noteworthy in that it was the first, is not the situation that everyone is discussing.
The crown jewel in O’Brien’s offense is running back Silas Redd who ran for 1,241 yards and seven touchdowns last season.
Redd is according to reports leaning heavily towards heading to the west coast to join quarterback Matt Barkley and WR Robert Woods in a power trio that would dominate the Pac -12 at USC.
Redd spent the weekend with the pair over the weekend and he has retreated amongst his family to make a decision in regards to his future.
It could and most likely will be announced at some point on Tuesday that Redd is pulling up stakes barring some major change-of-heart.
There are a lot of opinions out there that range from those that feel that the kids should stay loyal to the Nittany Lions to the kids should hop on the next thing smoking and never look back.
In theory, this is the rare opportunity that a collegiate athlete can control their own destiny and treat their situation as if it were a business after the recruitment process.
The situation calls for it and merits as such.
These are individual decisions and it was the right thing to do to grant the kids that had no desire to wear that uniform again a free pass to move on elsewhere.
For Redd moving to USC is an incredible business move for his pro aspirations. The implications of what the USC offense can do as it emerges from its own dark days looms very large.
With two years of eligibility left, Redd can showcase his talents alongside this year’s “it” guy within college football.
The Silas Redd brand will by default become a huge commodity thanks to both his talent and the platform and well…of course how he stepped onto that platform.
There is nothing dishonorable in that although if he busts a move, some will feel that he turned tail and ran when things got hard.
The good thing that will come out of this is that each of these student athletes can in fact walk away with a feeling that they did the right thing.
There are a lot of names that you will never hear of that will one day tell their grandkids that “I stayed and fought for something I held dear.”
The same thing will be said for others who tell their future generations that “I left after I chose not to ignore the horrors of the acts that had been ignored for far too long.”