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Mack Brown: ‘Alabama is ahead of all of us’ on deregulation rules

The NCAA’s decision to adopt looser recruiting rules last month was soon met with organized opposition from Big Ten athletic directors and coaches.

The Big Ten wasn’t alone in expressing concerns over the recruiting deregulation, which would lift many restrictions on contacting recruits, as well as who could do the contacting. Texas coach Mack Brown also claimed the new rules, which would go into effect on Aug. 1, “went a little too far.”

The adopted rules would need 75 override requests to be sent back to the Board of Directors for reconsideration. Still, Alabama wasted no time preparing as though all systems are go on the deregulation front, hiring former Clemson defensive coordinator Kevin Steele as the program’s director of player personnel, as well as two directors of player development.

Alabama is ahead of all of us with the number of personnel they’ve hired, and that’s something that everybody’s looking very closely at,” Brown said Thursday, adding that the Longhorns have also posted a position for a director of player personnel.

“I think you’re going to see this many people that can work with football, and there is not a limit right now on analyst or quality control guys. I think you’ll see a limit put on that in the future; just my opinion. But right now, there’s not one.”

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