Whether anybody likes it or not, the story at Big Ten Media Days on Thursday and Friday in Chicago is going to be Penn State. I mean, Penn State was a major story at Pac-12 Media Days (and the SEC's and ACC's and so on), with USC's Lane Kiffin pretty openly pitching for PSU back Silas Redd to head west, or at least as openly as rules allow. Speaking of Redd:
Penn State players now are coming to Big Ten media days. Michael Mauti subbed in for Silas Redd. John Urschel and Jordan Hill also here.— Rittenberg/Bennett (@ESPN_BigTen) July 26, 2012
And here's one explanation:
Silas Redd, sitting down w USC coach NOW. That sort of explains why he isn't at Big 10 Media Day— Colin Cowherd (@ESPN_Colin) July 26, 2012
That's after the latest reports had Redd giving USC's offer serious thought.
On Wednesday, Redd and Hill missed a gathering of a couple dozen Nittany Lions who swore their faithfulness to Happy Vally, but we chalked it up to Media Days travel. (Mauti was one of the two spokesmen for the group, so we know he's solid on PSU.)
Now, with only Redd missing out, the elephant remains squarely in the room.