Mack Brown on agents: Dead periods needed, like in recruiting

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Mack Brown would like to see more strict rules regarding agents that would allow for mandatory “dead periods” in the agent/player relationship. Brown also believes the onus is more on the college coaches than NFL personnel to educate the players and those close to the players including parents and high school coaches.

Brown told a Houston radio station, "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.”

"I really believe it starts with us (college coaches) 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.”

“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."