Texas Longhorns: Kevin Steele

AUSTIN, Texas -- Alabama was the first across the threshold when the NCAA decided to throw open the door and allow football programs to hire unlimited personnel specifically devoted to recruiting.

Texas has decided to follow closely behind the Crimson Tide.

"Alabama is ahead of all of us with the number of personnel that they’ve hired," said Texas coach Mack Brown. "And that’s something that everybody is looking very closely at."

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Sarah Glenn/Getty ImagesMack Brown and the Longhorns are jumping ahead of the curve to hire additional personnel intended for recruiting.
Texas has gone beyond looking and is now acting. The Longhorns posted a job for a director of player personnel Thursday. Alabama hired former Baylor coach Kevin Steels as its director of player personnel last week.

The hirings are made possible by the NCAA’s efforts to deregulate what had been perceived as unwieldy legislation as it pertains to recruiting. (Also included in the deregulation are such things as the removal of restrictions on text messages, dead periods and once a week phone calls.)

"There is a lot of discussion about an overriding committee that will slow some of this down this spring," Brown said. "And that some of the rules might change and that they might just hold them right now. Everybody has been a little all over the place. Where’s it going? What’s going to happen? How many personnel will they let you have?"

Texas decided not to wait on too many answers. Instead the Longhorns, who have some of the deepest pockets in the nation, have decided to stay ahead of the curve, all the while believing that administrative staffs may be reigned back in by next year.

"Some (programs) don’t have as much money, and those are things that NCAA, athletic directors and presidents are going to have to look at very closely," Brown said. "I think what we will see is more sense will be put into those rules."

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