If you can’t beat them, join them. Or at least have them join you. That seems to be the message coming from Texas football coach Mack Brown. Two weeks after saying that, “Alabama is ahead of all of us with the number of personnel they’ve hired, and that’s something everybody’s looking very closely at,” the Longhorns coach has hired a director of player personnel.
Patrick Suddes is an Alabama grad, began his career as a recruiting intern for Nick Saban at LSU and was serving as Alabama’s associate director of football operations when Mack Brown announced the hire on Thursday.
“When I was growing up, The University of Texas was always one of the programs that I thought about as a great place to be because of its tradition and history as a winning program,” Suddes said. “This is the only job I would have left the Alabama program for. I think being able to grow within a system and building something new here is an opportunity I couldn’t pass up.”
Suddes also spent two years under Saban with the Miami Dolphins as an assistant responsible for scouting opponents and organizing game plans.
The director of player personnel role is expected to have a bigger role in recruiting thanks to proposed deregulation by the NCAA. However, an NCAA working group announced yesterday they are proposing that new rules be modified.