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Vince Young officially back, will start new UT job Sept. 1

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Back in late April it was reported that Vince Young had an unspecified job waiting for him at Texas when his professional playing career came to an end.

With that end now all but a certainty, Young is officially heading back to his college home.

In a press release Thursday, UT announced that Young has been hired to serve as a development officer for program alumni relations in the university’s Division of Diversity and Community Engagement. The release states that Young “will help raise money to support DDCE programs that address the educational challenges of first-generation college students and students from low-income backgrounds.”

Young will officially assume his position, one that will pay him $100,000 annually, Sept. 1.

“Vince’s passion for the educational success of young people and his experiences as a first-generation college graduate make him a perfect fit for this role,” said Gregory J. Vincent, vice president for diversity and community engagement, in a statement. “We are excited about the enthusiasm and skill set he is bringing to our team and look forward to working with Vince.”

(Writer’s note: leave Young’s Wonderlic score out of this. Thanks in advance.)

Young, of course, led the Longhorns to its last national championship, a thrilling 2006 Rose Bowl win over USC that remains one of the greatest games of the BCS era. Even greater is the fact that, unbeknownst to some, Young returned to his alma mater and graduated in 2013 with a degree in applied learning and development.

“The position with DDCE is a great way to stay connected to the university and help make a difference in the lives of underserved kids across the state,” said Young.

Good luck to Young as he moves on to the next chapter of his life, and here’s to hoping that he can positively touch the lives of kids who come from similar backgrounds as he did.

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25 Responses to “Vince Young officially back, will start new UT job Sept. 1”
  1. fmax0724 says: Aug 14, 2014 11:55 AM

    Hook em Horns!!

    Second chances are at a premium I hope this gig works out for VT. Stay humble

  2. fmax0724 says: Aug 14, 2014 11:56 AM


  3. jtm12180 says: Aug 14, 2014 11:58 AM

    $100,000 job GIVEN to you….must be nice

  4. novasportsfan says: Aug 14, 2014 12:13 PM

    Second chances? This guy is on life number 6. Titans, Eagles, Bills, Packers, and Browns.

  5. 8to80texansblog says: Aug 14, 2014 12:14 PM

    How long until he owns a Ford dealership in Austin?

  6. 65impala says: Aug 14, 2014 12:15 PM

    No wonder our youg people can’t afford college tuition. this happens at practically every University. Jobs are created just out of the blue for select people. I work at a University and I see this all the time. Sometimes a low staff position is taken away to create this position. What a load of crap!!!

  7. cubano76 says: Aug 14, 2014 12:34 PM

    Wonderlic score aside, don’t you kinda NEED to know how to read to work at a University?

  8. wareagle1961 says: Aug 14, 2014 12:36 PM

    VY … the gift that keeps on giving

  9. dhardy8207 says: Aug 14, 2014 12:46 PM

    Now in all fairness to UT they can’t have the QB that handed them their last championship in a job where his primary skill is “would you like fries with this”…

  10. cfballfan1 says: Aug 14, 2014 12:53 PM

    At least this highly – paid / low – skilled job created by the university for an athlete won’t get the program put on probation.

  11. dmvtransplant says: Aug 14, 2014 1:38 PM

    The real question is how much of that 100k will have to go to paying off his debt that he ran up during his playing days?

    Remember how much money he went through just to give himself a birthday party?

  12. thegonz13 says: Aug 14, 2014 1:57 PM

    And what will his job description involve… how to show NFL prospects the art of being broke after five years?

  13. 8to80texansblog says: Aug 14, 2014 2:10 PM

    “UT announced that Young has been hired to serve as a development officer for program alumni relations ”


    Translation: Rich alums can play golf with VY for a nice donation….

    Good deal for UT, good deal for VY.

  14. Hard On For Harden says: Aug 14, 2014 2:11 PM

    Meanwhile Reggie McNeal continues to operate his Geo dealership in College Station

  15. tgaustin says: Aug 14, 2014 3:08 PM

    Congrats Vince! I will be the first to admit that he isn’t the most elegant speaker…but in this case he doesn’t need to be. Just hope he is a wee bit smarter with his $$$ this time. That said, he will always go down as one of the greatest college QB’s to every play the game. Shame that Sundays never worked out for him.

    Hook Em’!

  16. 8to80texansblog says: Aug 14, 2014 3:52 PM

    Hard On For Harden says:
    Aug 14, 2014 2:11 PM

    Meanwhile Reggie McNeal continues to operate his Geo dealership in College Station

    Hey, don’t hate on Reggie’s Geo dealership… plenty of Texas Tshirt fans have bought their preowned Trackers there.

  17. deucez2 says: Aug 14, 2014 4:01 PM


    With a&m’s new found and success in the SEC they may (for the first time ever) have more tshirt fans than Texas. Don’t you think?

  18. tgaustin says: Aug 14, 2014 4:12 PM

    What success is this you speak of?

  19. lowtalker says: Aug 14, 2014 4:22 PM

    Three quesitons:

    1. Is his contract written in crayon?
    2. Did he graduate from UT?
    3. Would any other school in the country, excluding elementary schools, have hired VY to do anything?

  20. Hard On For Harden says: Aug 14, 2014 4:57 PM


    They beat Alabama on the road once I was told, beat OU in a Cotton Bowl a year ago, and finished in the middle of the SEC. But since the SEC’s the greatest conference to ever grace the world in any sport, this means they were 100% guaranteed to go undefeated if they had played in any other conference during 2012 or 2013. All of these factors combined have helped A&M firmly cement their status light years ahead of The University of Texas at Austin with zero chance of reversal.

  21. rabbi187 says: Aug 14, 2014 6:47 PM

    I’ll never understand the hate for VY. He went back to school and graduated, something most athletes that leave early never do. He was the first to attend college in his family and grew up in poverty and his job is going to be working with kids that come from precisely that. Sounds to me like the perfect candidate for the job…

  22. 8to80texansblog says: Aug 14, 2014 6:47 PM

    You longhorns are so sensitive. No one ever said that Texas would never come back. It’s a cyclical thing….

    A&M can finally offer something that UT can’t…. the SEC, and like it or not, the SEC is the premier conference in CFB right now. A&M has taken the dominant role, at least in recruiting, for now. But you’re right… if we don’t do something with all this talent, what good is it?

    And yes, after the Johnny Football years, I’m sure we picked up our share of TShirt fans….

  23. tgaustin says: Aug 14, 2014 7:43 PM


    Very well stated. That is all.

  24. dmvtransplant says: Aug 14, 2014 9:39 PM

    @ rabbi187

    The problem is it’s a self-fulfilling prophecy. The point of a university is to prepare a student for a career.

    Since Vince majored in basket weaving his only career options were football. Having your school create a job for you just means you weren’t qualified to do anything else and your education is worthless. Like the last couple of years some law school graduates couldn’t pass the bar or get hired so they went back to the law school to work in the admissions department. Do the conditions of Young’s hiring apply to an average graduate, I would guess not?

    If you think I’m wrong or out of line, just see what happens in a couple of years when Colt McCoy is done in the NFL, I’d bet he gets a UT related job also.

    At least Georgia has a program where a booster can help a former player land a job in the real world vs UGA having to create one.

  25. goodfieldnohit says: Aug 17, 2014 6:43 PM

    I’m curious how Vince was hired for this job. Positions at the University of Texas must be posted for the general public to apply for.

    Clearly this never happened, and Vince was gifted this 100k/yr job.

    An enterprising reporter should look into this, don’t you think, Mr. Taylor?

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