Even now, 10 years later, Vince Young still loves watching the Rose Bowl win over USC. And still to this day, nobody wearing garnet and gold catches him on fourth-and-5.
The 2006 Rose Bowl, which served as the national championship game, is broadcast on an infinite loop on Longhorn Network. “If somebody gives me an email or text and says, ‘Hey, Vince, I’m watching this.’ I turn it right on,” Young said.
Young and teammate Michael Huff got to relive one of the best moments in Texas athletics history on Friday when they were both inducted into the UT Men’s Hall of Honor, the highest achievement the athletic department can bestow.
Young and his family met with reporters before the event at the Erwin Center. Randy Peschel, Blake Brockermeyer, David Kristynik and coach Fred Akers were inducted, as were Olympic gold medalist Brendan Hansen and pitcher Larry Hardy.
“What Coach Brown said at the end of that game — “Don’t let this be your only memory” — I took that to heart,” Young said. “We took that to heart, and we’re making sure we’re becoming really good dads in the household and being successful off the field other than sports.”
Huff said USC players knew they were in for a fight when Cedric Griffin blasted fullback David Kirtman, knocking his helmet off along the sideline.
“After that hit, they knew we were here to play,” Huff said. “They thought they were the best team ever. We beat the best team ever. So does that make us the best team ever?”
Over the years, Young has become friends with USC quarterback Matt Leinart. Did Leinart know why Heisman Trophy winner Reggie Bush wasn’t on the field for the critical fourth-and-2?
“I have no idea. You have to ask Pete,” Young said. “Pete, what happened brother?”
Overdue recognition: Hansen helped the Longhorns win two swimming national titles. In terms of trophies, longtime UT coach Eddie Reese is easily the most successful coach on campus. But Hansen said he realized long ago you shouldn’t get into swimming to get headlines.
“When I moved to the university, i saw a lot of cute girls reading The Daily Texan, and I thought, ‘Oh, I’ve got to get myself on that.’ I tried everything I could,” Hansen said.
“I’d go to a Big 12 championship and win every event while I was there and break an American record, but we’d fumble on the 1-yard line and I’d be on the seventh page of The Daily Texan.”
No Wickline update: Interim athletic director Mike Perrin said he had no updates on the lawsuit involving Joe Wickline and Oklahoma State. There is heightened awareness this week since the 24th-ranked Cowboys are in town to face the Longhorns at 2:30 p.m. Saturday.
“I appreciate y’all asking me that,” Perrin said. “I did Google it after somebody asked me, and what came up was the same type of stuff.”
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