Mack Brown criticizes 'very, very poor' coaching rule

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It’s been a little over two weeks since reports began to surface that the NCAA had instituted new rules regulating assistants designated as head coaches-in-waiting.

Specifically, assistant coaches carrying that designation would be forced to recruit under the same restrictions as the current head coach.  Meaning, of course, that the designees would be restricted in the amount of contact they could have with potential recruits as compared to other assistants.

Texas and Maryland were the only two schools affected by this new policy, and, needless to say, the Longhorns weren’t the least bit pleased with it.  Their top recruiter — defensive coordinator Will Muschamp — is also the named heir apparent to Mack Brown.

Brown spoke out Thursday regarding the new regulations, and, as should be expected, criticized the restrictions place on Muschamp.

“I think, personally, that it is a very, very poor rule,” Brown said. “First of all, I do not think that they should allow coaches to make decisions and change the rule that changes the abilities of a guy like Will to do his defensive coordinator’s job. He cannot go out as a defensive coordinator, under this rule, and evaluate players in person, which we have to be able to watch kids practice in the spring.”

Brown relayed a story that Muschamp was on the recruiting trail when this edict came down, and was forced to sit in a parked car as another assistant performed the visit with an unnamed recruit.

Both Texas and Maryland are appealing to the NCAA to allow their two coaches — offensive coordinator James Franklin on the Terrapins’ side — to be grandfather into the bylaw.

Again, Texas really doesn’t need a lot of help when it comes to recruiting, but they also don’t deserve to be put at a disadvantage to other schools by having only eight assistants recruiting instead of nine — especially when it’s their best one being parked — just because they wisely locked up an outstanding young assistant for the future.

Regardless of how you feel about the school, it simply isn’t fair to UT — or Maryland — and hopefully the NCAA will come to their senses on this issue.

Based on precedent, however, I wouldn’t hold my breath.