Author John U. Bacon defended perceived factual inconsistencies in his new book Fourth and Long in a story exclusive to SB Nation on Monday morning.
Bacon alleges USC fan and rapper extraordinaire Snoop Dogg picked up prospective Trojan transfer Silas Redd from an airport in a limousine, according to his book, and Redd did indeed eventually end up transferring to USC. The Trojans have denied the claim, however, saying "Silas Redd has never met Snoop Dogg."
Bacon defended his book in a guest post SB Nation's Penn State affiliate, Black Shoe Diaries, but admitted, "no work of nonfiction is factually perfect." With regards to the specific allegation that Snoop Dogg picked Redd up in a limousine, however, Bacon said:
According to my notes, several Penn State players brought that up to me on August 28, and again on October 31, and others confirmed at various points during the season. As one player told me after the book published, "It was common knowledge." I stand by my reporting, and my sources.
If this were the case, it would certainly fit a pattern of behavior for USC head coach Lane Kiffin. The coach has a reputation for this kind of recruiting activity, including his famous recruiting hostesses at Tennessee. If Redd's recruitment story matched USC's version, this portion could've been due to a tall tale told by Penn State players as they pondered celebrity glory out west.
Redd, by the way, ran for 905 yards and nine touchdowns with the Trojans last season. He has missed the first two games of the 2013 season with a knee injury.