CHICAGO - Penn State linebacker Michael Mauti ripped the NCAA on Thursday for its loose transfer rules established to allow Nittany Lion football players to leave and be eligible to play immediately at another school.
Since those rules were announced earlier this week, many PSU players have been bombarded with requests from other schools.
"For them to say that it's helping us, for them to say that they're doing us a service by allowing us to transfer with no holds barred, no rules is a - I'm going to choose my words carefully - it's a joke. It's an absolute joke," Mauti said.
"There's been coaches hounding our players, man, like 10-12 calls a day, coming on a visit, on our campus, outside of our apartments, outside of our classrooms. To me it just doesn't seem right. Even some coaches from this conference. ... I've got a problem with that."
The open-recruiting season of PSU players was a major focal point during Big Ten media days Thursday, with every coach in the league being asked about the topic.
"I have a problem with that," Ohio State coach Urban Meyer said when asked about other schools reaching out to Penn State players.
Illinois coach Tim Beckman confirmed his coaching staff has been actively recruiting Lion players. He said his assistant coaches were in State College on Wednesday but denied a report that they went to the Penn State campus.
"We did not go onto their campus," Beckman said. "We only talked to individuals that would be willing to meet with us. We did not go after them. They had the opportunity to come to us."
Mauti said he doesn't blame the opposing coaches for recruiting his teammates because they're simply playing by the rules established by the NCAA.
Asked if the whole process is unethical, Mauti said, "The fact that there's no rules, that door has been opened. You don't have to have ethics in this game."
"There's a right way to do things, and then there's the other way," Mauti added.