The University of Texas fired former star quarterback Vince Young from his part-time job for poor work performance and “failing to maintain standards of conduct suitable and acceptable to the university,” according to school documents.
Young, who was making $50,000 annually as the Neighborhood Longhorns development officer and a football camp specialist, was notified about his termination via letter dated March 1 and signed by Patrick Patterson, the assistant vice president for the Longhorn Center for School Partnerships.
Young’s “documented history of work-performance” and his recent arrests for drunk driving led to the decision, according to a letter obtained by the American-Statesman through an open records request.
The Associated Press was the first to report on Young’s termination. Young declined to comment to the AP.
Young was arrested for driving while intoxicated in January 2016 and sentenced to 18 months probation. He was arrested again in February around 4:30 a.m. just outside Houston for allegedly driving under the influence. The second arrest left UT officials troubled.
According to Young’s termination letter, Patterson texted Young upon learning about the February incident. Young was informed that he was required to report any arrest to his UT supervisor. The two men spoke on Feb. 6, and Young told Patterson of his intent to resign.
On Feb. 7, Young “did not respond to my (your supervisors) repeated attempts to communicate regarding your resignation or return to work,” the letter states. “I attempted to contact you via phone, text and email.”
Young was informed that he was not to visit any schools or participate in any fundraising activities representing the Neighborhood Longhorns program until further notice.
Young contacted Patterson later that day and requested to speak with human resources. However, Young had not worked enough in the last 12 months to qualify for a medical leave of absence.
All of this happened after Young received a letter citing unacceptable work performance dated Sept. 25, 2017. Young was warned then that failure to maintain fully acceptable performance “may result in further corrective action up to and including dismissal.”
Young is arguably the most popular athlete in University of Texas football history. The Houston-raised athlete led the Longhorns to the 2005 national championship. He will be inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame this December.
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