Penn State senior linebacker Michael Mauti called NCAA transfer rules that permit Nittany Lions players to transfer to other schools without penalty an "absolute joke" during Big Ten Media Day on Thursday in Chicago. As part of a number of penalties levied against Penn State on Monday, all players, regardless of year, can transfer to any Football Bowl Subdivision and play immediately
"There's been coaches hounding our players, 10-12 calls a day, on campus, outside of our apartments, outside of our classrooms," Mauti said. "To me it just doesn't seem right. That's the game they created so I can't blame any coaches they're playing under the rules."
According to reports out of State College this week, there were as many as eight Illinois coaches in the parking lot outside the team's football complex. Other coaches from other schools were reportedly on campus, as well.
Penn State head coach Bill O'Brien, though, remained mum on the subject.
"I have no idea what schools were on campus," he added. "Nor do I care. It's like NFL free agency without the rules. I don't really have anything else to say on that."