HOUSTON — Vince Young is Mack Brown’s guy. He always will be, too. The former quarterback and coach had a symbiotic relationship as they led Texas to the 2005 national championship.
But Young said new coach Charlie Strong has reached out and embraced him, making sure he stays involved in the Longhorns’ future. That’s why Young was more than willing to attend the Houston stop of the Comin’ On Strong Tour on Wednesday at Reliant Stadium.
“That was one of the first things when I met with him,” Young said. “He said, ‘Vince, I want you to be involved.’ And I told him I’m always going to be involved. I’ll be here to help out any way I can. Just to hear that from him, I have a lot of respect for him.”
Young said he’d like to evolve into something of a UT ambassador, much like former Heisman Trophy winner Ricky Williams. Young said he’s been asked to attend some future UT events and speak about life as a Longhorn.
Young is staying in shape just in case a pro opportunity ever develops. But he looked like a natural with a crowd of 750 UT fans on Wednesday, shaking hands, signing autographs and posing for pictures alongside former players Casey Hampton and Selvin Young.
“I’ve been offered a nice, pretty good job to help the school out and push the message,” Young said. “Me being who I am, I get a lot of respect from people at the university and across the world. I thought it was a pretty good idea to just go around talking about the school and letting the next generation know that this is where you want to be, the University of Texas.”
Strong gave somewhat of the same message to the Houston crowd that he did the Fort Worth and Dallas groups. For the first time, he addressed the importance of fans packing Royal-Memorial Stadium, something Brown preached religiously.
Strong pleaded with fans to be there for pre-game warmups, saying that too helps get players fired up.
“If we pack the house and we play awful, you can complain. I don’t care then,” Strong said. “But if we don’t pack the house, you have no reason and no right to complain.”
Funniest line of the three days so far may have been the last question asked by emcee Ahmad Brooks. He looked at the question submitted by a fan, looked up and Strong and asked, “Do you really hate this stuff, coach?”
Strong let out a belly laugh and said, “Well, even if I do, I can’t do anything about it because I have to do it.
“It’s about us selling our program and it’s the passion and energy that we have within the program,” Strong added. “You can tell right here looking at it, that’s what it’s all about.
“I don’t think it’s as bad as everyone thinks it is. I know a lot of you think you can, but if anybody ever wants this position to come up here, you’re more than welcome. I’ll give it to you.”
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