Big Ten Media Days Updates

We're on the ground in Chicago to cover Penn State at the season-opening function. Check out our running updates.

CHICAGO — Big Ten Media Days are being held at the Hyatt McCormick Place here this week. Given everything that has gone done at Penn State lately, there figures to be lots of stuff discussed related to the Nittany Lions.

We'll do updates from Thursday's action in this story file.

• Wisconsin coach Bret Bielema said he and his staff are not recruiting Penn State player. The Lions are eligible to transfer after the recent NCAA sanctions against the program

"I have a tremendous amount respect for Coach (Bill) O'Brien and everything he stands for," Bielema said. "I'm not casting doubt on anybody. But we made a decision that we would not actively recruit any Penn State players."

Ohio State's Urban Meyer took the same stance.

"I have a problem with that," Meyer said when asked about other Big Ten schools recruiting PSU players.

Later, he added, "I think if a player reaches out to someone, I think the player has the right to chose, especially by rules, to go where he wants. To actively go get another player on another team, I'm not sure. That's a situation I'm not really familiar with and we're not going to get familiar with it."

New Illinois coach Tim Beckman admitted he and his staff were in State College Wednesday and reaching out to Penn State players.

"We were in State College, but we did not go on campus," he said. "We went to two establishments outside campus and called some individuals. And if they want to come by, they had the opportunity to come by."

Purdue's Danny Hope is also OK with going after Penn State players.

"The NCAA has established rules and guidelines," Hope said. "Obviously, they're strong from an ethics standpoint. As long as we're compliant, we'll exercise every opportunity we have to to improve our own football team."

• A source close to the PSU program said Illinois coaches were actually on the Penn State campus Wednesday. Beckman denied that.

• O'Brien declined to give an update on the status of PSU tailback Silas Redd, who is said to be considering a transfer to USC.

• Wednesday, Penn State announced there would be no Nittany Lions on hand at Media Days. That changed overnight. Defensive tackle Jordan Hill, linebacker Michael Mauti and offensive lineman John Urschel are here. Redd was originally scheduled to attend but was replaced by Mauti.

• The Big Ten Preseason Players to Watch list was released Thursday morning. No Penn State players are on the list.

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