Every morning, the fine folks at Sports Radio Interviews sift through the a.m. drive-time chatter to bring you the best interviews with coaches, players, and personalities across the sports landscape. Today: Texas Longhorns coach Mack Brown.
Brown chatted with Marc and John on Houston's KILT. They talked about Brown's conversations with Roger Goodell on this whole "agents tampering with college kids" thing and about the possibilities of future conference realignment.
On the conference call with Roger Goodell regarding agents' interactions with players:
"The problem are not agents. It's not the guys that are doing what they're supposed to do. Those guys are upfront. It hurts them when other guys break the rules and they don't come on campus, they call parents, they call high school coaches and they call the kids. We're all just looking at what we can do to make it better for the kids and therefore the universities and the agents that do it right. Pro scouts, the NFL Players Association are all involved because obviously it's all the recruitment of professional players off of our campus. … I've been so impressed with Commissioner Goodell. He's aware of the issues and trying do everything to help. The Players Association is trying to reach out and help. No one wants to see a player lose his credibility in college, lose his chance to play and obviously maybe not have the right guy to prepare for his future. If the guy is going to cheat on him early, he's going to cheat on him later."
On whether the onus is more on college coaches or the NFL to change:
"I really believe it starts with us because we have to educate the high school coach, the mom and dad that there are runners all over the place. We have to tell them that it is wrong. We are lucky here that we have enough guys here that are successful in the NFL that have good agents that we have a track record now of which agents are taking care of the young men and going through the process. We spend the better parts of 12 days a year with the agent education process. I do think that we can have more strict rules. I do think that it's got to be more like recruiting. I think that the NFL Players Association has to put more restrictions on the agents like the NCAA has put restrictions on us. There need to be some dead periods. I don't think that young guys should be able to talk to agents year round. If you're out and someone takes a picture of a player eating with an agent, how can we prove he didn't pay for that lunch? Right now, it's a little bit too loose. I think we can all work to tighten it up."
On the conference realignment discussions from the off-season:
"I think that we are seeing the potential down the road to have 16-team conferences and maybe have four huge conferences. That will change the scope of college football, and it will probably change the scope of the BCS and what happens at the end. I thought that this is what that was really about. It was about down the road 10-15 years, and people starting to look what would happen. If it had been a move of either (Texas) A&M to the SEC or a group of us to the Pac-10, then it would have changed all of the other conferences because it sounded like most would have gone to 16 teams. … We weren't ready, and I don't think TV was ready to get all of this 16-team conferences. It might even go 20. I'm excited that it worked out like it did. We had opportunities to go anywhere we wanted to so it would have worked out for Texas."
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