Big Ten Media Days 2012: Penn State's Silas Redd's Absence Is a Bad Sign

Nathan GieseSenior Analyst IIJuly 26, 2012

COLUMBUS, OH - NOVEMBER 13:  Silas Redd #25 of the Penn State Nittany Lions runs with the ball against the Ohio State Buckeyes at Ohio Stadium on November 13, 2010 in Columbus, Ohio.  (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)
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While the absence of Penn State players from the 2012 Big Ten Media Days isn't completely surprising, Silas Redd's absence is certainly something worth noting.

With all the scandals and punishments being handed down to the Penn State football program, it was suspected that a number of players would be on their way out of town to find greener pastures.

However, most of the current players have decided to stick together and see the tough times through. Except, "most of the players" is the key phrase here, as Redd has began meeting with other schools in hopes to transfer. Most notably, Redd has been meeting with one team in particular today.

As ESPN's Joe Schad tweeted what was already assumed:


PSU RB Silas Redd didn't make it to Big Ten Media Days today. He is scheduled to meet with Lane Kiffin.

— Joe Schad (@schadjoe) July 26, 2012


It is also worth noting how the meeting between Redd and USC head coach Lane Kiffin went.


While the rest of the team has essentially decided to remain at school, Redd's absence may set back Penn State even further. In 2011, Redd rushed for 1,241 yards and seven touchdowns and was expected to lead the Nittany Lion offense in 2012.

However, Redd may be looking for a chance at a national championship and given the Trojans' lack of depth at the running back position, he would be featured greatly in what is already a high powered offense.

With so much uncertainty surrounding the Penn State football program, you can't blame Redd for looking into an exit strategy.

His meeting with USC during the days of Big Ten Media Days spells trouble and implants that Redd is committed to leaving rather than toughing out the situation. It was to be expected, but it's troubling nonetheless.