Big Ten media days start today, and there’s no doubt what’s going on at Penn State is going to dominate conversation.
Likely in anticipation of the inevitable media frenzy, PSU decided yesterday it would not feature players during the two-day event.
Scratch that. Per ESPN’s Big Ten blog, Penn State will have three players present today: OL John Urschel, DL Jordan Hill and LB Michael Mauti, who replaces RB Silas Redd.
Penn State players now are coming to Big Ten media days. Michael Mauti subbed in for Silas Redd. John Urschel and Jordan Hill also here.
— Rittenberg/Bennett (@ESPN_BigTen) July 26, 2012
Mauti, as you’ll recall from yesterday, led a group of Penn State players reaffirming their dedication to the school in the wake of NCAA sanctions against the program.
Redd was initially scheduled to appear at media days, but reports connecting him to a possible transfer, particularly with USC, have dominated headlines for the past few days. There’s been nothing official from Redd one way or the other, so unless he was going to take the opportunity to confirm his commitment to PSU, replacing him was the right call.
Especially given that the substitute is Mauti (pictured, right). If Penn State is going to expose its players to the media — and that’s unavoidable — best do it with the most vocal and dedicated representatives.