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

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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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63 Responses to “Mack Brown: ‘Alabama is ahead of all of us’ on deregulation rules”
  1. jason1214 says: Feb 22, 2013 1:12 PM

    Ahh Mack why don’t you and your AD worry bout Texas…not Alabama and Baylor.

  2. Deb says: Feb 22, 2013 1:27 PM

    Let’s see if I understand this:

    The NCAA has approved new rules. Bama has acted accordingly by hiring a player personnel director. Mack doesn’t like the new rules, doesn’t like that Bama is ahead of Texas in preparing to follow the new rules, and thinks that bears watching. Meanwhile, Mack is advertising for a player personnel director.

    So basically … Mack is pissed that he’s been slow off the blocks. Bless his heart.

  3. bamafan36 says: Feb 22, 2013 1:38 PM

    Mack had his shot at Alabama on the field, and couldn’t close the deal. Stop whining Mack Brown.

  4. gatorprof says: Feb 22, 2013 2:21 PM

    Pretty sad when the only reason your football program is getting press is because your HC who has hung onto his job for too long is whining.

  5. gatorprof says: Feb 22, 2013 2:25 PM

    This is even more pathetic when you consider UT’s revenue stream compared to Bama’s. UT could easily hammer Bama $$-wise, but was slow out of the blocks as Deb appropriately put it. The response is to whine?

  6. thraiderskin says: Feb 22, 2013 2:29 PM

    I guess I don’t see the big deal. The NCAA says its okay, it must be.

  7. tgaustin says: Feb 22, 2013 3:42 PM

    Glad to see everyone read both articles in length…sometimes the journalism on this site is so pathetic it’s not even worth commenting on!!! Talk about spinning articles…then have the title read, “Alabama is ahead of all of us” on deregulation rules. SMH.

  8. mogogo1 says: Feb 22, 2013 3:58 PM

    Why doesn’t Texas just hire people like Alabama did? The new rule has been in place for less than a month…how far ahead can Alabama possibly be?

  9. jason1214 says: Feb 22, 2013 4:09 PM

    Eh oh…coaches are now gonna have to work harder. Rules are same for everyone. If you don’t use them to your advantage your mistake. RTR

  10. blitz4848 says: Feb 22, 2013 4:17 PM

    Mack has the best advertising vehicle-The Longhorn Network-that is if anyone watched it!!!

  11. imaduffer says: Feb 22, 2013 4:58 PM

    What Mack doesen’t understand is there isn’t a thug cap in college football.

  12. cbass59 says: Feb 22, 2013 5:15 PM

    what the article doesn’t say is the new hires were replacements. Bama is the shadiest program in the country. Any coach that oversigns is a slimeball. Bama fans don’t mind because winning is more important than doing it the right way.

  13. normtide says: Feb 22, 2013 5:32 PM

    Texas has spoken! Now everyone bow and do as told. Wait, this isn’t the big 12, so maybe not. Funny to hear how big, bad, rich Texas can’t keep up with Alabama. The program that launched the LHN, and launched the ships of four programs out of the 12, now complains about other programs supposed advantages. The sad part is, the longhorns are only a new coach away from being a power again.

  14. normtide says: Feb 22, 2013 5:37 PM

    Cbass, who do you root for? Because every league has teams that over sign. Even the b1g (Michigan, Michigan state, and Minnesota). I would like to hear your version on the right way, because from my understanding, Alabama has not broken any NCAA bylaws.

  15. amosalanzostagg says: Feb 22, 2013 5:41 PM

    But, but but….We’re Texas! We are suppose to dominate! Get those brokers back in here! Turn those machines on, Turn those machines back on!

  16. bamamay453 says: Feb 22, 2013 6:18 PM

    That is why Saban is so sucessful. He is way ahead on all aspects of college football, Toss mack some cheese for his whine.

  17. bamamay453 says: Feb 22, 2013 6:20 PM

    @Cbass Most football programs oversign. This is nothing new. Where have you been…. the dark ages?

  18. bamamay453 says: Feb 22, 2013 6:24 PM

    I agree Mack needs to go I think college football has passed him

  19. Deb says: Feb 22, 2013 6:30 PM

    Oh good heavens!!! Alabama signs the number of players they’re allowed to sign … which for some inexplicable reason is called “over”signing. Have mercy!!!!

    No, cbass59, I don’t have a problem with oversigning–and not because winning matters most to me. I was just as much a Bama fan during those 17 years between titles as I am now. But I believe kids with athletic talent have just as much right to pursue their career goals as kids with academic talent. To do that, they need access to an NCAA football program. Bama gives more kids an opportunity to tryout for an NFL farm team–an opportunity they wouldn’t otherwise have. If it doesn’t work out for them, they go back to an FCS program or JUCO and are no worse off than they would have been. But they got their shot. You bet I’m fine with that.

    What sickens me is that jerks like you don’t give a damn about those kids or their futures. You’re just whining about Alabama (and other SEC programs) because that’s what sore losers do. Our programs are just as compliant with NCAA regs as any other. I know people who’ve worked for Saban and people who’ve worked for Brown. Those who work for Saban put in twice the hours per day than those who work for Brown. That’s the difference. And there’s nothing “shady” about it.

  20. chicagoirish23 says: Feb 22, 2013 7:35 PM

    Notre Dame doesn’t over sign. They have been singled out for the fact that they don’t. Sure they lost the NC to Bama but I’ll keep integrity over Saban any day.

    For everyone’s response about integrity, graduate 99% of your players before you comment.

  21. snaxdsp says: Feb 22, 2013 8:34 PM

    Bama cheating again?

  22. normtide says: Feb 22, 2013 8:52 PM

    I apologize if my info is incorrect. This, and other articles I have read seems to debunk the over signing myth, or the part that the b1g plays in it.

  23. jason1214 says: Feb 22, 2013 9:02 PM

    Ahh the oversigning argument again. And the hoiler than thou Big10/ND fans…AGAIN. Hey gents, lets go back to 115 scholly’s so you can whine about that too. RTR.

  24. tlmoon2112 says: Feb 22, 2013 9:06 PM

    Why haven’t they signed Harvey Updyke and Brian Downing to a scholarship again?

  25. jason1214 says: Feb 22, 2013 9:24 PM

    I CANNOT wait to hear the whine when Meyer gets OSU really rolling…Big10 fans that hate Saban? His equal in my opinion…resides in your conference. RTR

  26. normtide says: Feb 22, 2013 10:08 PM

    So over signing is wrong, unless its less then the teams in the b1g. I took your statement as saying there is no over signing in the B1G. If your saying it is wrong, then it should be wrong across the board. I don’t see how it is the ultimate advantage. Kids are not drafted, they WANT to sign with these teams. Also, Bama does not end up with more players on scholarship then Nebraska, or any other team. The advantage is it can be a buffer for natural attrition. I respect your opinion on that. However, no rules are being broken, that I know of. Recruiting numbers are very public.

  27. Deb says: Feb 22, 2013 10:26 PM

    @huskerzfan …

    You’ve made my point. They all oversign. In the B1G, teams are allowed to oversign by only three players. So three is honorable, but more than three is dishonorable? My, how very … arbitrary LOL

    Personally, I think the three-man limit is asinine and one reason the B1G is finding it increasingly difficult to compete. But … whatever.

    Incidentally, Alabama isn’t the biggest oversigner. Not that it matters to the pitchforked mob. Doesn’t matter to me, either. As previously noted, I have no problem with it.

  28. goodfieldnohit says: Feb 23, 2013 12:39 AM

    Sumlin just hired 34 recruiting administrators.

  29. Deb says: Feb 23, 2013 12:41 AM

    @huskerzfan …

    Where in any post on this page have I said Bama doesn’t oversign?!? I’m used to people twisting my words on these blogs, but that has to be the biggest twist of them all.

    What I’ve said REPEATEDLY is that I have no problem with Alabama oversigning. I believe that is a CLEAR ADMISSION that Bama oversigns, Sparky.

    My only comment regarding the extent of oversigning was that Alabama isn’t the biggest oversigner–although I wouldn’t care if they were because AGAIN I have no problem with Alabama oversigning.

    I find you hypocritical because you condemn schools that oversign by, say, 10 but are okay with schools that oversign by 3. Somehow you’ve chosen an arbitrary number of oversignings that are okay … coincidentally, the number of oversignings approved by the conference you’re defending. How convenient.

    I’m not laughing a the B1G but stating flatout that their three-kid limit is bad business. BUT NOWHERE HAVE I HIDDEN BEHIND ANY CLOAK THAT ALABAMA DOESN’T OVERSIGN. Of course we do and I don’t have any problem with that for the reasons I gave above … that you clearly didn’t read … assuming you can read … and comprehend what you’re reading … which isn’t in evidence when you’re claiming I’m trying to pretend Alabama doesn’t oversign.

    Gee, dude … be sure to call a taxi if you don’t have a designated driver.

  30. goodfieldnohit says: Feb 23, 2013 1:01 AM

    I’m pretty sure that A&M is also ahead of Mack Brown.

    Just sayin…

  31. ndrick731 says: Feb 23, 2013 1:32 AM

    Nast gives bama and the rest of the sec the ability to cheat more and bring in more morons to their schools

  32. bamafan36 says: Feb 23, 2013 7:24 AM

    Are you really trying to say that there are varying degrees of wrong? If over-signing is wrong, then there is NO difference between over-signing by 3 and over-signing by 10. With that said, there is no advantage for over-signing because these schools (to include Alabama and Nebraska) must abide by the rules (and they do) for dressing, traveling, practicing, and playing athletes.

  33. bamamay453 says: Feb 23, 2013 7:55 AM

    Other teams have oversigned as well. I agree with Deb and Norm I have been a BAMA fan since I was 9 years old-and that would be 50 years. I have been through the rough-tough years and some very successful years. Glad we have Coach Saban. It isn’t the SEC’s fault that schools have their own rules or regs for oversigning. It is what it is. ROLL TIDE ROLL

  34. villainousjake says: Feb 23, 2013 9:58 AM

    Nowhere in this article does he whine about anything. He’s simply saying that Bama is ahead of the curve and everyone needs to look at following suit, even though he thinks the rules should probably be scaled back a bit. You would also know this if you read the ESPN article posted on the 21st that covered this same topic. Christ, people.

  35. lasseter1113 says: Feb 23, 2013 9:59 AM

    Dang it!!! How do I always get to these articles after everybody has already had their fun? Anyways, Deb hit the nail on the head about the good times and the bad times. I have been a die hard Bama fan since before I was born basically. My parents went to get a sonogram and the doctor said, “congratulations, it’s a Bama fan”!! So from that point on for 33 years I have rolled with the Tide. That’s a measly FIVE years, counting 79′ the year I was born, of National Championship Teams vs. TWENTY-EIGHT years of NOTHING but heartache, but that doesn’t mean I wasn’t cheering just as hard during those down years. When I went to school there I don’t think we won a game, Lmao…

    As far as this article goes, I just don’t see the problem here as long as Saban is following the rules? Just sounds like Mack Brown needs to man up. It’s not like Texas can’t be just as much of a recruiting force as Alabama. Hell, the school is located in one of, if not the biggest and best recruiting beds in the nation and they even have their own freakin’ TV station. This could have been an article about Mack Brown’s hire of an awesome new recruiting coordinator that is going to help him bring his team back to being one of the elites. Instead it’s an article about him crying over what somebody else is doing, something he should and could (since there is no law against it) be doing himself…

  36. huskerzfan says: Feb 23, 2013 10:47 AM

    @ Deb:


    Gee, dude … be sure to call a taxi if you don’t have a designated driver.

    Classy stuff.

  37. polegojim says: Feb 23, 2013 11:31 AM

    Alabama has done VERY well and others have been FAR TOO SLOW to respond.

    Why waste an OUNCE of energy, or ONE breath whining and complaining?

    See Einsteins theory of INSANITY – “doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results”.

    Make the changes NOW, TODAY and compete.

    Oh…. and Go BLUE! Soon to Roll over that damn Tide…. love you Deb and Norm ; )

  38. tony34343434 says: Feb 23, 2013 11:41 AM

    Saban will get a head start on Over- Recruiting

    Passing out the Deer Antler Spray and other PED”s

    and teaching the kids what is a good and bad felony to commit.

    Roll Dam Criminals!!

  39. Deb says: Feb 23, 2013 12:11 PM

    @huskerzfan …

    You laugh at a conference that only allows 3 to be oversigned, and yet you also try to hide behind some cloak that you don’t oversign.

    Provocative stuff that completely distorted my comments. That was just a little tongue in cheek …

  40. Deb says: Feb 23, 2013 12:13 PM

    @polegojim …

    Love you, too! Great take on this whole thing. And nice of you to show tony34343434 how to spell damn. 😉

  41. lasseter1113 says: Feb 23, 2013 12:30 PM

    Tony34343434 is another butt-hurt ND fan. Hey Tony, at least Alabama doesn’t have players on their team that don’t know the difference between what’s real and what’s imaginary. How long did Teo talk to a dude that he thought was a girl on the phone for, and then lie to the whole nation about actually meeting her? Oh and our coach never got a kid killed by sending him up in a scissor lift because football practice that day was more important than that kids life. Oh and don’t even get me started on the whole covering up rape for a player. That’s not criminal at all now is it Tony? At ND they don’t worry about “teaching the kids what is a good and bad felony to commit”, they just tell them to go ahead and do it and they will cover it up later. Honestly though, what is this really about? Why such bitterness towards Bama? Couldn’t be the 42-14 embarrassment ND suffered on national television could it? I mean you win some and you completely blow some right? Maybe you should think twice before throwing stones in that glass house of yours….

  42. tony34343434 says: Feb 23, 2013 12:42 PM

    you are right bama is always about sportsmanship doing the right that at all costs, winning comes second first is to create a true student athlete!

    What world do you live in Saban would kill someone to win, use PED”S and recruit any kid not matter his character to win.

    kids taking basket weaving and graduate and they can barely read.

    Stick to the idea of winning every year that is all you have in bama.

    Most of what you wrote is a lie.

    What is true is the racism and win at all costs at bama. i am glad they never have any crimes committed on bama’s campus lol.

    From poisoning trees to beating and robbing people bama is the happiest place on earth lol.

    Well it is happy as long as you are not African American, if you are african american and live in alabama they give you a nice welcome of burning a cross on your lawn.

  43. Deb says: Feb 23, 2013 1:00 PM

    Oh well … at least now I understand tony3434343434. He’s Rip Van Winkle and in his mind Alabama remains frozen in 1965. What an idiot.

  44. justanobservor says: Feb 23, 2013 2:04 PM

    I can’t get over the way most of the idiots commenting on this article let their fanaticism or stupidity — or both — get in the way of their demonstrating any ability for reading comprehension. Even a cursory read of Brown’s comments would indicate to a reader of average intelligence that Brown actually was complimenting Saban and Alabama for moving quickly to utilize the new NCAA recruiting rules. Further, I believe Brown’s comments implied that if the new rules remained in effect, Texas and the rest of the Div. 1 schools had better catch up with Coach Saban or else.

    Oh, for you fanatics out there, I hate Texas — almost as much as I do Notre Dame.

  45. Deb says: Feb 23, 2013 2:34 PM

    @justanobserver …

    Can’t speak for anyone else, but I read Ben’s PFT article and that’s what I’ve commented on. In this article, Mack’s comments didn’t read complimentary. Yeah, I probably should have clicked on the links and read the original material–which I usually do at PFT, otherwise known as Distortions R Us. But we’re not idiots for taking the CFT articles at face value.

  46. Deb says: Feb 23, 2013 3:12 PM

    That was supposed to be Ben’s CFT article. It’s the pro side that deliberately distorts to stir the pot and generate comments.

  47. justanobservor says: Feb 23, 2013 3:27 PM


    No, you’re an idiot for letting your fanaticism for Alabama football get in the way of good judgment. Again, any reasonable person would have to discern from Brown’s comments that he has no qualms with 1) what Coach Saban has done; and 2) he (Brown) believes that the new rule(s) may be looked at more closely by the powers that be and modified somewhat.

    Now, instead of writing your screeds in defense of Coach Saban and Alabama — two entities in this case who do not need defending for they have done nothing wrong nor has Coach Brown suggested as much — go back and read Ben K’s CFT (not PFT) article again, take a valium or whatever is your preference — and take a few deep breaths. Further, you might want to quit calling observers like huskerzfan names because he/she happens to disagree with you. That way, maybe people like me won’t count you as fair game for name-calling and resort to labeling you an idiot.

  48. justanobservor says: Feb 23, 2013 3:34 PM

    @Deb – That was supposed to be Ben’s CFT article …

    There you go again, Deb. You get all stirred up over your passion for the Tide and you start making sloppy errors as you rush to defend what doesn’t need defending.

    Just slow down and be a little less intense. You’ll look much less foolish in the future.

  49. Deb says: Feb 23, 2013 3:55 PM

    @justanobserver …

    Honey, I’m perfectly calm. You’re the supposedly disinterested party who’s ranting and raving at people who came onto a blogsite and responded to the article posted on the site without making it their mission to go on a link-by-link research tour. At least, as an Alabama fan, it makes sense for me to be here, commenting–in a perfectly rational way–on the article. I’ve acknowledged that Bama oversigns and said I have no problem with that because it means more opportunities for more kids. That’s why 79 of the 330 kids invited to the Combine are from the SEC. I haven’t offered a defense because we don’t need one. I called a guy an idiot for a ridiculous comment about burning crosses.

    So what’s your problem? Why is a guy with no dog in the hunt screeching at me like a banshee, calling me names, and acting like a jackass … writing an entire post because I corrected a one-letter typo in for clarity’s sake? Really, dude … get a grip. Watch some linemen run their drills. Take a nap. Enjoy your Saturday. Attend your bipolar support group. None of this is worth having a stroke over. Geez.

  50. lasseter1113 says: Feb 23, 2013 4:03 PM

    Wow Tony, how funny that you should bring up racism. I was watching this special on that very subject this morning and you know what state they were talking about? You guessed it, Indiana. They said that when the KKK arrived there they literally ran out of sheets THREE separate times because there were so many people joining. They said, at that time, 1 in every 5 men in Indiana belonged to the Klan. Now I’m not denying Alabama’s racist PAST but apparently you know nothing about Indiana’s. Just google- Indiana-Racism-History if you don’t believe me. Once again, in that glass house throwing stones like crazy…Besides have you ever even been to Alabama? Have you not noticed that just about the whole team is black? There are more black people in the south than anywhere in the United States and the last time I checked we were all getting along great. Sure there are isolated cases of racism every now and then but that happens in EVERY state. Have you even looked at Alabama’s team? For a state that supposedly doesn’t like black people there sure are a lot of them on our team and even more of them are willing to come from all across the nation to play here. Now would they want to do that if there were crosses being burned in their yards? Hell no. People like Mark Ingram and Julio Jones will go down as some of the best players to play for Alabama and I am damn proud of that no matter what color there skin is.

    Why are we talking about racism anyways? I thought this was about college football? You know the thing that you say is SO IMPORTANT to us Bama fans yet YOU are the one coming onto a COLLEGE FOOTBALL website and leaving ignorant, hate filled comments about a team that you have no ties to except for a 42 to 14 throttling almost two months ago. For winning not to be that important to you as a ND fan losing sure does make you act like a jackass. I mean this isn’t the first Alabama article or even website that you have spouted off all this bullshit on now is it Tony?

    What did I say that was a lie on my other comment? Pretty sure that kid got killed because your coach sent him up 1000 feet in the air on a very windy day right? Pretty sure Teo got catfished by a GUY and lied about meeting him/her/it right? Now the rape thing, bravo, your school can cover up with the best of them, kudos.

    You wrote, “kids taking basket weaving and graduate and they can barely read.” You might want to go back and look through your comment at all the errors before you accuse anybody of not being able to read. Throw dem’ stones. Are we having fun yet?

    What is the point of College football? When the two teams go onto the field the idea is to score more points than the other team by the end of the game and the team that scores the most points does what? They WIN, the point of the game is to WIN. Is winning important to Alabama fans? Your damn skippy, but it’s just as important to all the other fans of all the other teams or they wouldn’t be on this website everyday reading articles and commenting during the time of the year the sport isn’t even played. People love this sport and they love the feeling when their team wins. If you can’t handle that, tough titty said the kitty, go watch pee-wee football where they hand out participation trophies…

    Keep in mind that you’re the one on an Alabama article that has nothing to do with ND leaving petty little childish comments out of bitterness and hate. It’s one of those don’t start no shit there won’t be no shit things. If you got anything else you would like me to take you to school on go right ahead be my guest, I’ve got all day. I guess I could have just summed all of this up with SCOREBOARD but this was more fun!!!

    If you can’t beat em’, slander the shit of em’ right Tony???

  51. Deb says: Feb 23, 2013 4:25 PM

    Oh … and justanobserver … huskerzfan didn’t “disagree” with me. He attacked me, claiming I was trying to hide behind the cloak that Alabama didn’t oversign when I’d owned Alabama’s oversigning throughout this entire thread. You guys are such BIG MEN. You think it’s entirely okay to completely distort my comments, to accuse me of posting things I never posted, and to attack me for being a fanatic with no judgment. Never mind that I didn’t say what huskerzfan accused me of saying and he was never man enough to admit he’d blasted me for no reason whatsoever–as you have.

    I didn’t realize “Sparky” was such a nasty name or that having someone attack me and defending myself was justification to have another jackass attack me. For “just an observer” you haven’t bothered to read the thread, to see what I posted, to see that he distorted my comments and slammed me for something I never said, before you slammed me for something I never said.

    And they say only women get hormonal. Poor lil boys have to defend each other against the big bad girl. Bless their hearts. :roll:

  52. lasseter1113 says: Feb 23, 2013 4:34 PM

    I got your back Deb and am very glad that you are in our corner. It seems like it’s us (Bama fans) against the world on here sometimes doesn’t it? All these so called fans could learn something from polegojim. Alabama beat his favorite team Michigan last year and instead of getting on here calling us all kinds of horrible names and accusing us of cheating he just let us know that the next time our teams meet his team is going to take us down. Perfect example of how to talk smack but still be civil…Thank you polegojim, and thank you Deb. I thought this article made it sound like Mack Brown was taking shots at Saban too. Not outright, but implied….

  53. Deb says: Feb 23, 2013 5:01 PM

    @lasseter1113 …

    Thanks, I feel the same about you. polegojim is a great fan, and there are some other great sports here, too. The good thing about blogs is they give the fans a place to interact. The bad thing is they give the poor sports a place to vent. Guess we have to take the bad with the good :)

  54. Deb says: Feb 23, 2013 5:46 PM

    huskerzfan …

    I’m glad you spent so much time picking apart my posts. Too bad you didn’t spend as much time reading them as a whole before you slammed me for pretending Bama doesn’t oversign.

    Yep, guilty. I read an article that clearly implied Mack Brown was miffed that Saban was ahead of the curve and I responded that Mack should stop whining because he was slow off the blocks. I wrote a response that was consistent with the material presented. If you don’t like that, too bad.

    As usual, some jerk brought oversigning into an article that wasn’t about oversigning. And yep, I called him out as a jerk because the guys who do that could care less about the welfare of these kids. They’re just ragging on SEC teams. And in my opinion, which is what we are providing in this comments section, the B1G policy on oversigning is asinine … just as I said. Yep, you’ve quoted me correctly. I have no problem saying I find a conference policy asinine, nor that I find people who divert from the topic at hand just to create controversy jerks.

    Oooooh …. something is missing here, Sparky. You’ve omitted how you out of nowhere attacked me:

    you are also supporting oversigning like you say doesn’t happen at Alabama. So what is it? Does Alabama oversign, or not? You laugh at a conference that only allows 3 to be oversigned, and yet you also try to hide behind some cloak that you don’t oversign. Which is it?

    Which is it? Huh? Huh? Answer that, Deb? You’re trying to deny what Alabama does. You’re hiding behind some cloak. So answer the question, Deb!!

    I never denied that Alabama oversigns. I never cloaked anything. I never laughed at anything. And who are you to be giving me a third degree? It’s not my fault that you can’t read posts that are as clear as glass. Anyone would have reacted negatively to you spewing that nonsense … something you still aren’t man enough to own.

    You don’t have to repeat my words back to me. I’ve never denied anything I’ve actually said. I’ve only taken issue with the stuff I haven’t said. Is there any chance you can stop whining because I called you on distorting my comments?

  55. soonermikel says: Feb 23, 2013 6:18 PM

    Lay off the overpaid fat toad (Mack)…we need him to stay in Austin FOREVER!!!

  56. Deb says: Feb 23, 2013 6:20 PM

    huskerzfan …

    I haven’t degraded anyone who challenged my opinion. I’ve simply responded in kind to someone who attacked an opinion I never made and doesn’t have the character to admit it.

  57. huskerzfan says: Feb 23, 2013 6:33 PM

    @ Deb:

    I haven’t degraded anyone who challenged my opinion.


    No, not in the least.

    Idiot, Sparky, Honey, Dude, and Jerk are all terms of endearment and affection.

    Narcissism is tough. Thinking you are better than everybody else has it’s own set of problems.

  58. Deb says: Feb 23, 2013 6:33 PM

    huskerzfan …

    Since you’ve already demonstrated that you’ll keep this up ad nauseum rather than simply own that you fired a nasty, baseless attack at me, I’m going to delete the link and leave this thread for good. You can italicize my comments to your heart’s content. They’re mine and I own them. I see nothing wrong with calling out a jerk who’s being a jerk. Nor do I see anything wrong with blasting someone who has accused me of denying my team is oversigning when I haven’t and making excuses I’ve never made. You’re typical of the “mote and beam” crowd. You fixate on me calling you Sparky and suggesting you sober up before posting, but you see nothing wrong with attacking me for something I never said and demanding I explain myself.

    Now feel free to whine on undisturbed.

  59. justanobservor says: Feb 23, 2013 8:26 PM

    @Deb – Feb 23, 2013 3:55 PM

    Honey, I’m perfectly calm … as an Alabama fan, it makes sense for me to be here, commenting–in a perfectly rational way–on the article.

    You’re the supposedly disinterested party who’s ranting and raving at people …
    None of this is worth having a stroke over. Geez.

    Yeah, you sound real calm and rational, Ms Debbie. LOLU (Laughing Out Loud and Uproariously)

    And as for me being a “supposedly disinterested party,” let me share something with you, Ms Debbie. Since you now call me honey, you won’t mind if I refer to you as Ms Debbie, will ya?

    Anyhow, I’m a huge college football fan, see. I love the game to the extent that I have traveled this country to more than a dozen different venues over the years to see different teams play each other, soak up local traditions and chalk up memorable tailgate experiences. In each case it was not a matter of me being a fan of either team, but of the game itself.

    Now when I see a story like the one in question here, I don’t think I need your approval or that of anyone else to offer my feelings or opinion about the story. This is particularly true when I see people erroneously interpreting the story or deliberately distorting the story as you have done and then bullying others who happen to disagree with you.

    Indeed, to do so and then to keep on doing it, you not only look like an idiot, but you look like a deranged and delusional one as well.

  60. derakbrady says: Feb 24, 2013 2:11 PM

    Everyone is entitled to their opinions. I believe Mack is envious that Saban is ahead and many fans do not like oversigning. That is obvious. I note a few folks are okay with it. I live the game and let NCAA make those rules. Offenders will be punished. From what I see Saban is okay.

    On another note this is a football forum and reading a long post of narcissism leads me to believe either you know alot about Bc you are it you are in health care. No one here really cares but you proved her point that you were harassing her. Also just an observer sure has a lot of the same things to say as huskerfan. Just saying!

    Enjoy the forum and let’s try to be classy. Oh and this is only my opinion and I only point out the obvious. If you want to talk some ball comment me back other wise I don’t participate in trolls.

  61. bamafan36 says: Feb 24, 2013 2:44 PM

    @huskerzfan says:
    Feb 23, 2013 6:49 PM
    @ Deb:

    Narcissistic personality disorder is characterized by dramatic, emotional behavior, which is in the same category as antisocial and borderline personality disorders.

    Narcissistic personality disorder symptoms may include:
    Believing that you’re better than others
    Fantasizing about power, success and attractiveness
    Exaggerating your achievements or talents
    Expecting constant praise and admiration
    Believing that you’re special and acting accordingly
    Failing to recognize other people’s emotions and feelings
    Expecting others to go along with your ideas and plans
    Taking advantage of others
    Expressing disdain for those you feel are inferior
    Being jealous of others
    Believing that others are jealous of you
    Trouble keeping healthy relationships
    Setting unrealistic goals
    Being easily hurt and rejected
    Having a fragile self-esteem
    Appearing as tough-minded or unemotional

    It seems that you epitomize the referenced definition. It is pathetic and spineless for a man who feels inferior to a woman, that they would stoop to these levels.

  62. bamafan36 says: Feb 24, 2013 3:05 PM


    I have often wondered if crazy people were aware of their affliction. Alas… is apparent that you have NO idea that your cheese is no longer on your cracker! You start out with lambasting someone for being fanatical. You then, make reference to your fanaticism (for the sport and not a team, as noted) taking you to over a dozen different venues over the years. Maybe your inability to be loyal to one team, has jaded you to the point where you can no longer see that only someone who is fanatical would spend that kind of money and time to enrich their lives with tradition and local fare. And, yes, your either your lack of common sense, or your fanaticism has led to your inability to discern what was said in this article.

    What did Mack Brown mean? I don’t know. I can tell you what he said…..“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. I love how all the idiot’s come out in droves to claim cheating or rule-bending (Mack Brown included), when the games best coach has success. But, it doesn’t bother me, because I have been FANATICAL for all things Unversity of Alabama, since before I can remember.
    Roll #15, Roll

  63. 8to80texansblog says: Feb 28, 2013 4:51 PM

    Some of you are just now witnessing the unbelievable arrogance that just oozes out of Austin, but as an Aggie, I’m all too familiar with it.

    If the sunset isn’t burnt orange they think god made a mistake…

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