Reaction to the NCAA deregulating college football recruiting has been loud and clear: Coaches, conferences and schools don't like many of the changes. And the NCAA has heard that reaction loud and clear, and on Thursday said it will reassess and "modify as necessary" its previous decision. "We're reaching out to folks to see what they're thinking," NCAA vice president David Berst told USA TODAY Sports. "You had some football coaches, a few conferences, some institutions that have expressed concerns. I expect, whether you have some number of overrides or just people talking to us, we're going to end up at the next board meeting trying to assess that information and probably modify the legislation accordingly." The next board meeting is May 2. Some of the 25 deregulatory measures, which were adopted in January, including removing restrictions off text messages to recruits and how many staff members are allowed to recruit, caught many off-guard. Big Ten athletic directors and coaches expressed "serious concerns" about some of the proposals during a recent conference. Georgia athletic director Greg McGarity has been outspoken, along with other Southeastern Conference members who are concerned about an "arms race." And on Monday, Maryland head football coach was blunt about his assessment of the new rules. "I hate them," he said. Texas football coach Mack Brown predicts the NCAA will use "more sense and not leave rules out there." Berst explained that deregulation rules can be rejected by override proposals -- which the Big Ten has said is already preparing. But Berst added that the same committee that created the first set of proposals would try to make modifications before that May 2 Board of Directors meeting. "We'll try to circulate that to the membership as well, probably a couple weeks ahead of the board meeting," Berst told USA TODAY Sports, "so people can see what it is if they disagree still."
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