By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher Penn State Nittany Lions running back Silas Reed has announced that he is transferring to the Southern California Trojans. He will not need to sit out the upcoming season. He is departing State College, Pennsylvania due to the Jerry Sandusky scandal. The Nittany Lions are facing severe ramifications, including a four-year postseason ban. Due to the sanctions, the NCAA is allowing Penn State players, should they choose to pursue it, to transfer immediately without sitting out a season. If they leave the Nittany Lions, then they can play immediately. This past weekend, Redd visited with the Trojans. Head coach Lane Kiffin will rely on Redd in his offense as they contend for the conference championship. Since the window opened with the NCAA, Redd is the second player to take the transfer option. We also know that Tim Buckley departed the team. He has announced that he will be playing for the North Carolina State Wolfpack this coming season. “We welcome Silas Redd to the Trojan Family,” USC athletic director Pat Haden said in a statement. “He is an outstanding student and athlete. At USC, we’ve seen both sides of this issue, having lost a number of players to transfer due to our NCAA sanctions in 2010. But Lane Kiffin and his coaches would not be doing their job if they did not try to improve our team every single day. “There is a specific need here for a player like Silas Redd, so Lane and our coaches recruited him within the guidelines set up in this instance by the NCAA.” During the 2011 season, Redd had 244 carries for a team-high 1,241 yards. He also had seven touchdowns. He added nine receptions for 40 yards.