Vince Young won’t let getting canned by Texas keep him from working at Texas.
Young, of course, is a former Longhorns quarterback and legend who this week has been hired to work as a special assistant in the athletic department. The move comes two years after he was fired from his job as a part-time development officer for Texas.
What either job entails, well, probably only Young and Texas know. But if it comes with a paycheck, he may as well take it. And Texas is wise to bring such a favorite of the school and the state back.
The Longhorns recently hired Steve Sarkisian as head coach, and Sark may have played a role in bringing Young back to the program. Sarkisian comes to Texas after a short stint as Alabama’s offensive coordinator. He was actually an assistant at USC when Young and the undefeated Texas Longhorns beat the Trojans in the 2006 Rose Bowl.
Young went on to star for the Tennessee Titans from 2006-10. He then spent time with a handful of teams after that.
“After his NFL career ended in 2014, Young returned to Texas to work for its Diversity and Community Engagement division,” wrote Ben Kercheval of CBS Sports. “However, he eventually moved to part-time status and was fired in March, 2019 ‘for not demonstrating significant and sustained improvement in the performance of (his) job responsibilities and failing to maintain standards of conduct suitable and acceptable to the university.’ The Associated Press reported that Young was often absent from work or not in touch with his supervisors, and was given multiple warnings about his job performance.”
But that was then. This is now, and Texas and Young are back together for another run.