Yeah, I think "game the system" is too harsh.
I think what he's referring to is that some coaches find it advantageous not to fill schollies and keep more money for the following season. In real life, a BCS team doesn't just say, "OK, a couple of the studs I wanted went elsewhere, we'll just run with nine scholarship players". They have to go sign secondary options.
So while I don't look at it as gaming the system, I do look at it (in part) as the result of shooting high in recruiting and missing out. I've long thought there should be more repercussions for that, and I suppose this is one of them.
All of that said -- I still think losing 6 EEs is absurd and shouldn't happen ... everything I said in the first page of the thread.