CHICAGO -- Actual Penn State football remains a secondary topic at the 2016 Big Ten Media Days.
Recruits are being told a false narrative by rival recruiters that the program will be put on probation by the NCAA, athletic director Sandy Barbour shared with reporters on Tuesday.
"That's flat-out untrue," Barbour said. "The NCAA is very pleased with how we've handled this. We have done everything they asked us to do."
The school never faced a formal NCAA investigation in the Sandusky scandal. For the first time in its history, on such a massive scale, the NCAA hit Penn State with crippling penalties four years ago this month. The NCAA cited institutional control and a violation of the NCAA constitution.
Many said the NCAA acted outside its jurisdiction in penalizing the program.
It's been one-and-a-half years since the NCAA rescinded the last of those penalties. But coach James Franklin continues to complain about negative recruiting. Barbour articulated what some of that alleged negative recruiting is about.
"That's absolutely what is being said, that Penn State is going to be put on probation ... ," Barbour said. "It's one thing to take facts and skew them a little bit; it's another not to be factual."
"I would hope particularly within our own conference that we would be honorable," she added.
Ohio State coach Urban Meyer and Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio denied those accusations on Tuesday.
"Absolutely not, and that's the first time I've heard that," Meyer said. "I'll address that with Coach Franklin if that is an issue. That's a pretty strong allegation that I've not heard yet. So that's not been presented to me until this moment. Absolutely not."
Dantonio said, "I have not said anything negative about Penn State. And hopefully our coaches have not as well, so I was surprised to read that. I don't know what happens out there on the road completely. But it's not our MO. And that's not how we do business."
Earlier, Barbour told the Eagle: "For someone, anyone, to try to plant in the mind of a 17-year-old that you don't want to go to Penn State because they're gonna get hit with the death penalty or there are gonna be more sanctions is not only untrue but disingenuous and I feel a real slap in the face to this profession."
Barbour went on to say on Tuesday, "Negative recruiting goes on every day ... everywhere."