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Longhorn legend Vince Young could be working for Texas soon
The Horns have a landing spot for the former star.
Ever since former Texas Longhorns quarterback Vince Young started hanging around the football program last spring while finishing his degree, there's been talk that he could eventually earn a paid position at the school. It sounds like that may be close to happening:
Former UT QB Vince Young says if his NFL career is over he will work for the University of Texas as an ambassador for the school.
— Mark Berman (@MarkBermanFox26) April 23, 2014
The "if" has been subject to some mockery on Twitter, as Young's NFL career certainly does appear to be over after he was released by the Green Bay Packers before the start of the 2013 season.
He hasn't played in a regular season game since 2011 with the Philadelphia Eagles, where he went 1-2 as a starter, and was released by the Buffalo Bills in 2012 before the season began.
On Wednesday, he said that he is still receiving some interest from NFL teams during an appearance with head coach Charlie Strong on the Comin' On Strong tour that stopped in Houston.
Young may not have quite given up on the dream, but he may have to before long for practical purposes -- as his financial situation is still not in a strong position after his numerous recent struggles in that regard. A filing for bankruptcy back in January was the latest development there.
So what exactly would an ambassador position entail for Young? There would probably be a fundraising part of it, glad-handing with boosters and making appearances at events and functions. It could also include time spent around the football offices when recruits are in town for visits.
Unfortunately, prospects like those in the 2016 class set to head into their junior seasons may not remember the 2006 Rose Bowl particularly clearly -- they were likely only eight or nine years old at that point.
In that regard, one of the problems that is facing Texas right now in recruiting is the fact that the national championship game against USC is such a distant memory, the timestamp for it to continue drawing in fans rapidly expiring.
Still, Young will always have a special place in the heart of Longhorns fans old enough to remember where they were on that January night when he made history and that will always be enough to make him a valuable envoy of the school.
DT Bryce English decommits from the Texas Longhorns
More house cleaning from Strong and company?
Many of the original pieces of former head coach Mack Brown's recruiting class have fallen by the wayside for various reasons and the Texas Longhorns can now add DeSoto (Texas) defensive tackle Bryce English to the list, as his head coach, Claude Mathis, informed the media this morning that his player has decommited.
The decision was hardly a surprise even with English's connections to the Texas staff -- the fact that tight ends coach Bruce Chambers is his godfather seemingly kept the DeSoto product in the class longer than anticipated by many.
If you want to know what this decommitment is not about, check out this idiotic take from one of the worst in the business, Aggie shill/homer/trollclown Mark Passwaters:
Rough few hours for the Big12 in DT recruiting: Du'Vonta Lampkin decommits from OU last night, Bryce English from Texas this morning.
— Mark Pisswaters (@themarkup) April 23, 2014
Note for aspiring trolls -- this is not how to do it successfully.
While the loss of Lampkin, a consensus four-star prospect, was significant for Oklahoma, the loss of English for Texas? Not so much.
It's not only because English is a sub-six foot defensive tackle and barely rated as a three-star prospect by 247Sports. It's because the staff didn't make him a priority.
Here's the explanation from IT"s Eric Nahlin:
English's offer wasn't pulled, but he did read the writing on the wall. This is the classic case of being 'unrecruited'.
Slightly unpleasant, yes, and a poor reflection on the type of recruiting that Mack Brown was doing before his resignation in the 2015 class, but at least English was able to make the decision without having his offer pulled, as several other former members of the class had happen.
The hope is that the Texas staff handled it well enough that the decision with English won't permanently impact relationships at DeSoto, one of the high school football powerhouses in the state of Texas.
English has taken visits to LSU and TCU this spring, but currently does not have any other offers.
Texas will pursue several defensive tackles in the state, including Lampkin, who received an offer from the Horns not too long ago, but does not currently have any other players committed at the position.
The Texas class overall now stands at nine pledges with the recent additions of Galena Park North Shore running back Tristian Houston, San Jose (Calif.) Valley Christian running back Kirk Johnson, and Converse Judson defensive back Keivon Ramsey. It's ranked as No. 11 class nationally and the No. 1 class in the Big 12 by the 247Sports Composite team rankings.