PSU AD Sandy Barbour Doubles Down On Negative Recruiting Comments

At Big Ten Media Days, the Nittany Lion AD did not back away from her comments about negative recruiting from within the conference based on factual errors.

CHICAGO — Last week, Penn State athletic director Sandy Barbour indicated certain (unnamed) Big Ten opponents were using unfair negative recruiting tactics against the Nittany Lion football program.

At Big Ten Media Days here Tuesday, she doubled down. Again without naming specific programs, Barbour said there were Big Ten school that were claiming PSU could receive further NCAA or Big Ten sanctions stemming from the Sandusky scandal. She also said it would be handled "internally."

Check out her most recent comments above.

"I made some pretty pointed comments a week ago,” Barbour said. "There's different levels of negative recruiting. There's taking facts and making sure that — instead of espousing your positives, espousing someone else's negatives. What I was specifically referring to last week was making stuff up, and things that are not factual. That's a fact, that that is happening. We're hearing it from prospective student-athletes, and we'll handle it. ”

Asked how she will react to such tactics.

"It's happening in conversations with prospective student-athletes and our coaching staff,” she said. "It's something that has been going on around our sanctions, around our relationship with the NCAA, but frankly, of late, it's been taken to a new level, which has given some of the new Sandusky news, which frankly is not new, but what's being used has given the new Sandusky news; 'Penn State is going to get on probation again.' That's flat out untrue. The NCAA is very pleased with how we've handled it. Both the Big Ten and the NCAA consider the matter closed. "

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