Mack Brown expects a limit on off-field personnel
Posted by: Chris Vannini on February 21, 2013
Some coaches may be against the new recruiting deregulations, but that doesn't mean they won't be prepared.
On Wednesday, Butch Jones said coaches are trying to stop the changes. On Thursday, Mack Brown said Texas is looking at adding new staff members for the purpose of recruiting.
Brown said the Longhorns are posting a position for director of player personnel on Thursday. The role will oversee recruiting. If this is what college football is going to be, Brown wants to make sure the Longhorns are on top of things. Here's the full transcript of what Brown said about additional off-field personnel.
"We're looking at that very hard right now with (athletic director DeLoss Dodds)," Brown said. "I think we're in line with the Big 12 schools pretty much throughout. Alabama is ahead of all of us with the number of personnel they've hired, and that's something everybody's looking very closely at. We are posting a position today for a director of player personnel that would oversee our recruiting.
"There's a lot of discussion about the possibility of an overriding committee that will slow some of this down this spring and some of the rules might change. They might hold them and review them for another year. We're not sure about that. Everybody's been all over the place. Where's it going? What's going to happen? How many personnel will they let you have? The NCAA put a limit on strength staffs last year, and those five all you have with football.
"I think, in the near future, I think we'll see the same thing with administrative staff. I think you're going to see this many people that can work with football, and there is not a limit right now on analysts or quality control guys. I think you'll see a limit. It's just my opinion. But right now, there's not one. Again, it's something we've all looked carefully at and what's best for college football and for Texas and some don't have as much money. Those are things that the NCAA, presidents and athletic directors are looking at very closely.
"The way I understood the new rules, even with media guides. We've had discussions that we can't start them, because we don't know if we're still going to be able to have them. If you can have them right now, there are no rules, so you can have a 35,000-page gold-plated media guide if you want one and you can afford it. I think what we will see is more sense put into those rules and not leave it out there like that."
As for that director of player personnel Texas is hiring, Brown says Texas needs to have the best media guides and the best website. They also need to be on top of social media and video.
Alabama is far ahead of the rest of the country in off-field personnel, and Brown understands why.
"I can't blame Alabama for doing what they need to do to be successful," he said. "The thing you've got to look at, if you're looking at college football, is can everybody do that? And is that fair? It's fair for Alabama because they've made it work for them. I would not be critical of them at all. The patterns I see in my past in this job is when there were strength coaches that were doing the same thing, and everybody had 10 strength coaches, one for each position. The NCAA realized it and they cut it to five.
"I think what we'll see in a year is that the analyst / quality control positions will be cut to a certain number. I think that we'll see that the positions you have across the board will be cut. You'll have nine assistant coaches, a head coach, right now we're restricted to four graduate assistants, there is no restriction on quality control - I think you'll see a restriction coming. I'm sure that will be by the presidents and athletic directors.
"I personally would like to see the quality control guys be able to coach. Because if they are coaches, it's hard to monitor who is and who's not. So let them coach. I would like to see that. Then I think there will be a number of 20 or less than can work with football, and probably all them can recruit. But I don't think we'll have unlimited numbers this time next year."_______________
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