It was just too good to be true, the notion of rapper Snoop Dogg in a limousine waiting to meet then-Penn State running back Silas Redd at the airport.
That is the scenario Michigan journalism professor John U. Bacon laid out in his soon-to-be released book Fourth and Long: The Fight for the Soul of College Football, which offers a behind the scenes look at four Big Ten schools during the 2012 season.
However, USC shot down the alleged Snoop/Redd powwow Tuesday evening.
"Silas Redd has never met Snoop Dogg, much less received a ride from him in any type of vehicle. USC head coach Lane Kiffin picked up Silas from the airport on his recruiting visit," the school said in a statement.
Redd transferred to USC after Penn State was hit with NCAA sanctions from the Jerry Sandusky case. Immediately eligible to play, Redd rushed for a team-high 905 yards and nine touchdowns last season.
Snoop could be back on the college football sidelines again this fall, as his son Cordell Broadus takes recruiting visits. Broadus is Scout.com's No. 5 rated wide receiver in the Class of 2014 and has scholarship offers from the likes of USC, UCLA and LSU.