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posted 10.7.11 at 3.50 p.m. by Corey McLaughlin

Tar Heels' Breschi Talks Early Recruiting

Asked in general about his latest recruiting class in a podcast for North Carolina's athletics website, Tar Heels head men's coach Joe Breschi didn't start listing off kids' attributes. Instead, he used the opening to deliver what sounded like a defense of early recruiting, a topic of debate and an approach that has helped UNC land much heralded classes that Breschi and staff have worked on since arriving in Chapel Hill in 2008.

Breschi basically said unless the NCAA puts rules in place to limit early recruiting, coaches are forced to do it. The thought isn't really anything new, but it's always interesting to hear. Especially for new players and parents that are introduced to the recruiting process each year. One current Division I coach once told me, "There's no memory in recruiting," meaning often times players and parents that are exposed to the recruiting process have no idea what happened to kids in the same position in the past, and likewise coaches don't think about what may have went wrong recruiting-wise in the past, but only about what great things could happen in the future. So any, if not all, recruiting talk is important to hear.

"The recruiting process has taken a life of its own now," Breschi said. "It's certainly gone a little bit earlier than it has in the past. As a Division I coach, and certainly all coaches out there, we prefer to have this recruiting done way later than it is, at this point. For us to bring in another top class is terrific but we also understand that the importance of going out there and recruiting the best to compete against the best when everybody is in the same boat, the recruiting challenges are there for everybody."

"We were brought in as a coaching staff to compete, and compete for championships, and to play at the highest level," Breschi said. "In order to do that, you gotta recruit kids. From our standpoint is the recruiting process too early? Absolutely. But unless the NCAA changes the rules, we're going to stick to what are competitors are doing. And that's get out there and beat the bushes and do the best we can to bring in the best character kids, the best students and best lacrosse players."

Hear the full podcast here, where Breschi also discussed the "run-and-gun" game he expects when North Carolina scrimmages Ohio State at noon Sunday at Calvert Hall in Towson, Md. An experimental shot clock will be used; 60 seconds in the first half and 75 seconds in the second half. Check back to for coverage of that game and the impact of the shot clock on Sunday and Monday.