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Vince Young returns to Texas Longhorns as special assistant

Oct 6, 2018; Dallas, TX, USA; Former Texas quarterback Vince Young enters the stadium before an NCAA college football game between Texas and Oklahoma at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas, Texas, on Saturday, Oct. 6, 2018. Mandatory Credit: Nick Wagner-USA TODAY NETWORK

Vince Young is headed back to work for the Texas Longhorns athletic department program, less than two years after the school fired the Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback who led the school to its last national title.

Young, who is in the College Football Hall of Fame, announced on social media that he was hired by new coach Steve Sarkisian to work as a special assistant to athletic director Chris Del Conte. Young’s responsibilities and compensation haven’t been made public, per reports.

Young led the Longhorns to the national championship in 2006 when he rushed for a touchdown late in the fourth quarter against Southern California, where Sarkisian was an assistant under Pete Carroll.

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Young, 37, was an All-American at Texas, where he went 30-2, throwing for 6,040 yards and 44 touchdowns and rushing for 3,127 yards and 37 scores in three seasons. He’s one of six players in school history to have his number retired.

He was taken third overall by the Tennessee Titans in the 2006 draft. He threw for 8,964 yards and 46 touchdowns and 51 interceptions and rushed for 1,459 yards and 12 touchdowns over six seasons — five with the Titans and a final one with Philadelphia.

However, he filed for bankruptcy in 2013, despite signing a five-year deal worth $58 million — including more than $25 million guaranteed — as a rookie for the Titans.

Upon retiring, Young returned to Texas to work as a development officer in the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement and as a contributor for the Longhorn Network. But he was fired in 2019 for not doing his job well and being arrested multiple time on drunken-driving charges.

Sarkisian, who had spent the past two years at Alabama as the offensive coordinator under coach Nick Saban, was hired by Texas last month to replace Tom Herman, who was dismissed after going 32-18 in four seasons.

–Field Level Media