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Penn State Football: James Franklin Gets TMZ Treatment, Talks Snoop Dogg's Son

by on January 29, 2014 3:14 PM

It's safe to say that Joe Paterno and Bill O'Brien never had to answer this question before.

Visiting Washington DC for President Obama's State of The Union speech on Tuesday, Penn State head coach James Franklin was approached by TMZ and asked if he was interested in recruiting Cordell Broadus. The son of rapper Snoop Dogg or as he is now legally called, Snoop Lion.

"I've only been (at Penn State) two weeks, but if he's still available, yeah we would," Franklin said in the short clip.

A four-star receiver and a Class of 2015 recruit, the 6-foot-3, 186-pound Broadus is ranked the No. 18 junior wide receiver, according to This past season he pulled down 60 catches for 685 yards and eight TDs. Broadus recently transferred Southern California high school.

While the entire saga is nothing short of bizarre it is close to a minor NCAA violation.

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Comments Before Commitment. Before the signing of a prospective student-athlete to a National Letter of Intent or an institution’s written offer of admission and/or financial aid or before the institution receives his or her financial deposit in response to its offer of admission, a member institution may comment publicly only to the extent of confirming its recruitment of the prospective student-athlete.

The institution may not comment generally about the prospective student-athlete’s ability or the contribution that the prospective student-athlete might make to the institution’s team; further, the institution is precluded from commenting in any manner as to the likelihood of the prospective student-athlete committing to or signing with that institution.

Nevertheless it's just another interesting chapter to the start of Franklin's tenure at Penn State. It's entirely possible Franklin is unaware of Broadus and was answering the question in a very generalized off-the-cuff way. But rules are rules, no matter how obscurely they may be violated or almost violated.

For the sake of entertainment; from a recruiting standpoint, Penn State is bringing in four receivers in the 2014 class meaning Broadus would join a full ship if this basement conversation was at all likely to unfold. Even so, Snoop Lion is all too aware of the values of education and football, starting up his own youth football league a few years ago.

"It's so easy for a kid to join a gang, to do drugs... we should make it that easy to be involved in football and academics," Dogg once said. Ironically, Dogg was reportedly involved with former Penn State running back Silas Redd's recruitment to USC, something both parties deny.

So maybe his son will take his academic and athletic aspirations to Penn State. Broadus was also involved with a on-field brawl this past October. 

Ben Jones covers Penn State football and basketball for He's on Twitter as @Ben_Jones88.
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