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Vince Young has job waiting at Texas if football career doesn’t work out

Vince YoungThe longer Vince Young goes without a job in the NFL, the more likely it is that his professional football career is over. It looked like Young had earned the Green Bay Packers’ backup quarterback job last summer before the team unexpectedly released him. He later said during the season that he was stunned no team had shown interest. The 30-year-old may not be unemployed for long.

No, we don’t have inside information about NFL teams being interested in Young. On Wednesday, the former Texas star said his alma mater has a job waiting for him.

“If football doesn’t work out for me, the university has a great job for me,” Young said Wednesday at a luncheon featuring Charlie Strong.

Young, a two-time Rose Bowl MVP, said he would serve as an ambassador of sorts.

“Just letting you know what (UT) has going on, especially helping kids get scholarships and recognizing things like that,” he said, via Joseph Duarte of the Houston Chronicle. “Whatever it is, I just want to support the university.”

As for his own career, young has been working out in San Diego and claims he has received some interest from NFL teams. He is not ready to tie a bow on his disappointing NFL career just yet.

“You never know,” he said. “All I can do is my part and stay ready. You never know when you are going to get a call. There is some interest.”

Young has not played in a regular season NFL game since 2011. He filed for bankruptcy earlier this year and was said to have blown through about $60 million in career earnings as of a couple of years ago. Accepting a job at Texas may be his best bet at this point.

Charlie Strong: Texas will not be in National Championship Game

Charlie Strong Texas Hook 'em

Charlie Strong has made it no secret that he is looking to change the culture surrounding the Texas football program. The former Louisville coach believes that the success the Longhorns had five years ago has led to complacency and entitlement. Strong is also looking to temper expectations.

“We have everything available, and I don’t know why we can’t be successful,” Strong said Monday, via Brian Davis of the Austin American-Statesman. “There’s no reason for us not to be. Now, I can’t tell you how soon it’s going to be. Don’t hold me to that. Don’t say, ‘Ooh, coach said next year we’ll be in the national…’ We will not be in the national championship game.”

Texas fans are not going to want to hear that, but it is probably the truth. The Longhorns are coming off an 8-5 season that ended with a loss in the Alamo Bowl. They are a combined 30-21 since losing in the National Championship Game back in 2009.

“A lot of our guys, they feel entitled and they get a little complacent because of where we are,” Strong added. “So then as a coaching staff, that’s what we have to be so conscious of when the guys feel they are a little better than what they are.”

This is all part of Strong’s overall approach. We learned last month that he won’t even allow his players to flash the hook ‘em Horns sign until they earn the right to do so. Strong is clearly concerned about his team getting overconfident. Saying Texas will not be in the National Championship Game is another way for him to knock his players down a peg while also being realistic.

H/T Dallas Morning News

Michigan football schedule includes Rose Bowl, snubs Ohio State, Michigan State

Brady HokeMichigan’s football program is going bold with its in-house schedule once again.

Some media members took a look around the newly revamped Schembechler Hall this week, and a few noted some interesting aspects of the football schedule posted within the facility. As they have been doing under Brady Hoke, Ohio State is listed as “Ohio” and Michigan State is just “State.” Additionally, the team included the Rose Bowl on the schedule:

While calling Ohio State “Ohio” seems like a fun idea, it’s been a while since the Wolverines have beaten their rival, as this countdown clock can attest:

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Oklahoma LB Frank Shannon accused of sexual assault but he denies it

Frank ShannonOklahoma linebacker Frank Shannon missed practice Thursday and did not play in the team’s spring game Saturday for “personal reasons,” and now we know why: he’s been accused of sexual assault.

Shannon, who led the Sooners with 92 tackles as a sophomore last season, is accused of trying to force a woman to have sex with him at his apartment on Jan. 20, The Oklahoman reports. Shannon denies that is the case and believes the woman either intended to set him up or filed the report as revenge for him not sleeping with her.

According to the complaint which was obtained by The Oklahoman, Shannon offered a woman a ride home after a party, but they stopped off at his apartment first. She alleges that inside his bedroom, he came up to her from behind, pulled down her pants and attempted to have sex with her. She claims he became frustrated when she wouldn’t have sex with him. Shannon supposedly went to the bathroom after asking if the woman was menstruating and she said yes. That’s when she left and met a friend outside, whom she texted to come get her. The friend called police.

Shannon told the police a different story.

Shannon told police that the woman got on top of him, kissed him and removed her clothes. Shannon says he asked if the woman was menstruating and that they argued about it. He says he left to the bathroom after.

Shannon told police that the woman either was setting him up for the rape charge or is getting revenge because she was embarrassed that he wouldn’t have sex with her.

The woman allegedly told her friend over text message that she was raped. The friend allegedly texted back an apology for calling police, saying she only wanted to protect the friend.

Once again, this is another case of whom do you believe? For now, Oklahoma appears to be taking the proper approach by not having Shannon participate in practice or games while the incident is being investigated.

Minnesota State football players refusing to practice under reinstated coach Todd Hoffner

Todd Hoffner MankatoA big situation is developing with the Minnesota State Mankato football team, which received news this week that Todd Hoffner has been reinstated as the program’s head football coach.

Hoffner was 34-13 in four seasons as head coach at Mankato, but he was removed from the practice field and arrested in Aug. 2012 after a video of his children playing around naked was found on his cellphone. He was charged with child porn, but the charges were dropped by a judge. Hoffner was still reassigned and eventually fired by Mankato last year.

Hoffner was hired in January by Minot State in North Dakota, but an arbitrator ruled that he was wrongly fired and that he could return to his Mankato job if he wanted to. He decided to return on Tuesday.

“I’m eager to return to the game and the program that I helped build,” Hoffner said Tuesday. “This is what I wanted from Day 1, and now I have the opportunity to go back, and I believe it’s the right thing to do for my family and myself.”

Though Hoffner has been reinstated, there is one big problem: the program has been operating under a different head coach since his 2012 arrest, and they’re refusing to play under Hoffner.

The MSU Reporter says the members of the football team refused to practice under Hoffner Wednesday and instead read a statement in which they expressed support for previous coach Aaron Keen.

“As a collective unit, we’ve all agreed that we will stick together and show our support in having Aaron Keen as the head football coach at Minnesota State University, Mankato,” junior safety Sam Thompson said in the statement.

Thompson continued: “We’ve all become outstanding community members, students and athletes in the last year and a half since the removal of Todd Hoffner. Throughout this process, we have been silent, it is time our voice is heard. We want information, we want answers, because this is our team. As a unit we have decided not to practice, because of the change-up in the coaching situation.”

The last line of the statement said that the players want Keen as their head coach. They then stormed off the field, according to the MSU Reporter, which says three players did show up in practice clothes.

Here was a tweet sent by tight end Matt Murphy:

Though Hoffner being reinstated seems like the fair solution, it’s a cumbersome one that is impractical in real life. The players have been working under a different coach to whom they have loyalty. And why should Keen be removed from his job?

We’re too far along in this messy situation to go backwards. Hoffner should probably just stay at Minot State and know that Mankato screwed him over. Going back does not seem like the solution.

Report: Second woman ‘sought counseling’ after sexual encounter with Jameis Winston

Jameis WinstonThe New York Times released a lengthy report on Wednesday that dives deeper into the Jameis Winston sexual assault investigation. In short, it gives us a better understanding of what a poor job the Tallahassee Police Department did when Winston’s accuser first came forward.

No one really knows if Winston is guilty or innocent. What we do know is that it was determined there was not enough evidence to file a charge against the Florida State star. You can thank the TPD’s incompetence for that. We’ll get into that later, but let’s first look at a second woman who claimed she had a disturbing sexual encounter with Winston.

According to the Times, prosecutors said a second woman “sought counseling” after having a sexual encounter with Winston about a month before the rape accusation went public.

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Nick Saban took fantastic picture with Alabama Gymnastics team

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Nick Saban took some time on Monday to talk to the Alabama gymnastics team about a concept he is very familiar with — winning. But somewhere in between, he posed for one of the most fantastically awkward pictures you will ever see with the team.

“Don’t mind me, I’m just keeping my hands to myself here.”

Saban could not have looked more uncomfortable. Like the Crimson Tide football team, the gymnastics team won national championships in 2011 and 2012. Loosen up, Nick — you guys have more in common than you think.

H/T The Big Lead
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