Former Texas quarterback Vince Young has been hired by the university to work with the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement, the school announced Thursday.
Young, who starts Sept. 1, will help with alumni relations and focus on programs that support first-generation college students from low-income backgrounds.
As early as last spring, Young had started conversations with university administrators about a job outside of the athletic department. The American-Statesman reported on Aug. 4 that Young was close to finalizing the position that would pay him $100,000 annually.
Athletic department officials have always maintained this job was on the university side. But Young is such a widely-recognized personality on the UT campus, it’s likely he’ll continue to make appearances at football events.
“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,” Young said in a statement released by the university.
Young told the American-Statesman in April that new coach Charlie Strong has made sure to welcome the quarterback who led UT to the 2005 national title. He said then the university job would be “a nice, pretty good job to help the school out and push the message.”
“Me being who I am, I get a lot of respect from people at the university and across the world,” Young said in April. “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.”
Former Texas coach Mack Brown tweeted Thursday morning, “I’m excited VY will be back @ work @ Texas!”
Gregory Vincent, vice president for diversity and community engagement, said Young’s passion for young people make him a perfect fit for this role.
“We are excited about the enthusiasm and skill set he is bringing to our team and look forward to working with Vince,” Vincent said in the statement.
Texas President Bill Powers said, “Vince Young brought a national championship to Texas, returned to the Forty Acres to earn his degree and will now help other students reach their goals and change the world.”
After winning the national title, Young was drafted by the Titans but wound up bouncing around the NFL. Young was signed by the Cleveland Browns as a possible third-stringer this spring. But once the Browns drafted Johnny Manziel, Young was released four days later.
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