• Redd’s decision could come Tuesday

    Junior running back Silas Redd could announce as early as today whether he intends to stay at Penn State or transfer to Southern Cal, according to an ESPN report.

    Redd left Los Angeles Monday after visiting the USC campus and returned home to Connecticut. He’s expected to drive to State College today and is expected to meet with Nittany Lions coach Bill O’Brien.

    ESPN reported that Redd, Penn State’s leading rusher last season with 1,241 yards, is “strongly leaning toward transferring to USC.”

    The NCAA is allowing Penn State players to transfer without penalty and to be eligible immediately after sanctions were imposed against the school last week in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal.

    Redd is one of the Nittany Lions’ top players and could play a very prominent role in O’Brien’s offense. But he wouldn’t be able to play in a bowl game or in the postseason this season or next season at Penn State because of the NCAA sanctions.

    At USC, he could join quarterback Matt Barkley and wide receiver Robert Woods on a team that’s expected to challenge for the national championship.

     Tim Buckley, a reserve safety from Raleigh, N.C., became the first Penn State player to transfer since the NCAA sanctions were announced when he enrolled Monday at North Carolina State, which is in his hometown.

    Buckley, a preferred walk-on, was redshirted last season and was listed as the No. 2 free safety behind Malcolm Willis on Penn State’s depth chart. He has four years of eligibility.

    “The opportunity to come here and play at my state university, so close to home, was something that I couldn’t pass up,” Buckley said in a statement released by NC State.

    Before the NCAA announced its sanctions July 23, quarterback Rob Bolden received permission from O’Brien to speak with other schools, according to Penn State spokesman Jeff Nelson. Bolden reportedly was planning a visit to LSU.

    He began the last two seasons as the starting quarterback before losing his job to Matt McGloin both years.

    Linebackers Khairi Fortt (California) and Mike Hull (Pittsburgh) and kicker Anthony Fera (Texas) also were considering transfers, but none had been announced as of Monday night.

    A large crowd of Penn State fans were expected to gather outside Holuba Hall this morning to show their support to the current players as they walk from the Lasch Building to the practice facility for their 7 a.m. workout.

    The event’s called Rise & Rally and was organized by former Penn State players Keith Conlin and Tim Sweeney, who’s also president of the Penn State Football Lettermen’s Club. They came up with the idea during their online radio show last Thursday night.

    “We feel that these players, who have been beaten down so often through no fault of their own the last eight or nine months, deserve to see that the Nittany Nation is behind them,” Conlin told Fight on State. “They deserve a lot of credit for sticking together and handling themselves with exceptional class and dignity even at the worst of times.”

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