Michael Mauti is Pissed Off at the NCAA
Senior linebacker Michael Mauti was a last minute replacement for Silas Redd at Big Ten Media Days in Chicago on Thursday. He certainly made the most of it.
Very few college football players have gone through what Mauti has the past three seasons. In fact, some NFL players over long careers never have to deal with the injuries Mauti has suffered. Consider two torn ACLs and a shoulder injury that kept him out for most of the 2011 season, and the guy originally from Louisiana who grew up in a Penn State family is pissed.
Whether you’re NCAA president Mark Emmert, the eight Illinois coaches hanging out in State College, or one of the forty coaches from other schools who have blown up Mauti’s phone, he’s not too happy with you right now. He let everyone know about it yesterday at Big Ten media day. “I don’t think I should sit in a room with president Emmert because I’m afraid of what I might say,” Mauti told the media.
Mauti also takes issue with the relaxed transfer rules that allow opposing coaches to cold-call teammates who have essentially become free agents. Mauti flat out called the NCAA imposed regulations “a joke”, but he didn’t stop there. “There’s been coaches hounding our players 10-12 times a day,” Mauti said.
He went on to mention that coaches have been spotted outside of players’ apartments and classrooms. This was a big story Wednesday afternoon, and defensive backs Stephon Morris and Adrian Amos both took to Twitter to show their disapproval. “To me, it just doesn’t seem right. I don’t care what school you’re from. If you’re from any school or any conference, I got a problem with that,” added Mauti. He was not done, turning the focus back to the NCAA regarding the lack of rules being enforced. “The fact that there’s no rules, that door has been opened, and you don’t have to have ethics in this game.”
Like several of his teammates, Mauti has emphasized that the current student-athletes enrolled in the program have done absolutely nothing wrong. “Our team had nothing to do with what went on. We were watching Barney and Power Rangers when this happened.”
Mauti set the tone with the Wednesday morning announcement that he and fullback Michael Zordich delivered. With approximately thirty players backing them up, Mauti made it clear that one individual will not destroy the program, especially not on his watch.
Bill O’Brien, as the new face of Penn State Football, hasn’t been able to call out the NCAA’s bullshit that directly. No doubt, Michael Mauti is saying everything Coach O’Brien wishes he could say.
With the long hair and commanding presence, Mauti looks much different than the high school kid who committed to Penn State back in December 2007. Expected to be a star, he has lived up to those expectations when on the field, playing with a high motor and wearing emotions on his sleeve. The combination of a healthy and angry Mauti is something to behold.
Flashback to Wednesday’s statement where Mauti says that “We’re gonna show up every Saturday and raise hell.” September 1st will be the first time in 342 days that Mauti gets to hit an opponent after suffering a torn ACL against Eastern Michigan last year.
For footage of Mauti from Chicago, check out this video below courtesy of Fight On State.