In reply to the video of the Longhorns dancing. Maybe the are trying to get back to where they were in 2005 when they were winning and having fun!Vince Young calls for Texas Longhorns unityEx-Texas QB says talent is there, but team must 'pull together'08:00 AM CDT on Monday, October 1, 2007By CHIP BROWN / The Dallas Morning News email@example.com AUSTIN – Former Texas quarterback Vince Young returned to Austin over the weekend with a message for the current Longhorns: Get it together. The message from UT's famous, fearless, former leader comes as 19th-ranked Texas prepares for its annual Red River Rivalry with 10th-ranked Oklahoma on the heels of Saturday's 41-21 upset loss to Kansas State. Young was in attendance for the game in which the Longhorns, who had been ranked No. 7, suffered through showers of rain and boos in the worst home loss in Mack Brown's 10 seasons as coach. It was Kansas State's first road win over a top-10 team in school history. "The reason we were able to beat Oklahoma [in 2005], win the Big 12 and beat USC was we were a team," Young said. "There were no me-guys off to themselves. This team right here has all the talent in the world. They just need to pull together." Young used his bye weekend with the Tennessee Titans to return to Austin and take in the game. Even as the Titans have gotten off to a 2-1 start, Young said he's been following the Texas team closely from Nashville and doesn't like what he's been hearing about seven players having brushes with the law over the last four months. "You can have fun, but within reason," Young said. "You know guys are going out, so have a plan. If you're going to have a couple drinks, have a designated driver or get a taxi. We all know there are a lot of parties to go to. But we don't need all this off-the-field stuff. "All we need is for guys to play football, be great students and be role models." Young said he worries the current Longhorns don't appreciate what they have. "They don't know what kind of opportunity they have or what type of coach they have in Mack Brown who bends and does everything he can for the players," Young said. "I'm going to let them know that they can pay their way for the rest of their life. Even if they don't make it in football. Just graduating from the University of Texas can get you to the point where you need to be at. I don't feel like they understand that right now." Young said the 2005 team that won the national title had several leaders who weren't afraid to call out other players when they strayed out of line. "Not everyone is a leader. Not everyone wants that kind of pressure," Young said. "Not everyone wants to be the one to tell a star guy on your football team, 'You need to slow down.' " "When we're recruiting guys, you have to see that in him. Is he going to be one of these star guys who makes a lot of plays but a guy you can't trust when Coach Brown is not around. ... Who in the group is going to step up and say, 'No, we gotta stop this.' " Young made an appearance on CBS' 60 Minutes on Sunday night. "I just wanted people to know who I am and where I come from," he said. "A lot of people say I can't throw or I can't do this or I'm a bad guy. So I wanted to let the world hear from me and make their own decision." When asked to reflect on that magical national title game against top-ranked USC, Young said he remembers all the smiles on his teammates' faces. He was also asked about his Heisman Trophy pose afterward. "Not taking anything away from Reggie Bush," Young said. "That's who the voters picked, and he deserved the Heisman. I just felt like the guys around me had done a great job of getting me to New York, so I wanted to bring it home to Texas for them and the people of Houston. It was a painful moment for me. "But I got the last laugh at the national championship game." Young said he was so nervous before his game-winning, fourth-down touchdown run with only 19 seconds left that he worried about fumbling the snap. "If anyone says they're not nervous in a situation like that, they're lying. They're really lying," Young said. "It's just that you can't let anyone see that you're nervous." Before the season, Young flew a fledgling group of Titans' receivers to Houston to get to know each other better. Young also put a letter in each teammate's locker, thanking them for helping him win NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year honors as the Titans went 8-8. Young was 8-5 as a rookie starter and has won eight of his last 10 games. "I just wanted to show them my respect," he said. "We're a team. I'm not the only one doing work over there. We're all working together, and I feel like the media is putting me in this bind and under this pressure saying that's it's all about me. It's not all about me." Young said one of the worst feelings he's had was losing to New England in the last game of the 2006 season with a playoff berth on the line. "That was a painful moment for me," Young said. "Guys saw me sitting off to myself on the bench. Just to hear the fans still behind me, supporting me, saying, 'It's going to be all right, we got it next year,' that brought my confidence up even more. "... We feel like we're a great team, a better team. If we all work together, we can be there fighting, going against whoever it is in the playoffs, making it to that one cause – the Super Bowl."
Wow...what a bunch of losers. Its amazing that they won that game. Apparently, there is no class left at UT.
I was listening to you guys talk about this video on my way home from work this morning and i thought that you might be over reacting....then i came home and saw this mess!!!! i didn't realize it was almost the whole team!? I am not from Austin so i don't bleed burnt orange but i do like to support texas teams and i know about what a great program the longhorns have. That display was ridiculous and not becoming of a championship hopeful team. it was a display of sideline antics by a team that can be ranked in the top ten and then lose by 20 points on their home field....and this is from a 23 year-old. young or not that display was embarrassing.
I thought it was funny. But I guess you had to be there to get the full affect. I guess it's funny if you see it on you tube. But live...not so sure.
In their defense they were not the only team on the field jumping and dancing around that day. If you were watching the game that day as they came back from the lightning delay they briefly showed both sidelines (UCF and UT) getting their soulja boy line dancing on. At least the unit that was entering the field was paying attention to the coaches before they headed back on the field. Who are we to judge what gets a team pumped. I have even seen clips of Mr. Vince Young himself getting his groove on during practice and on the sidelines of a game before. Not a big deal in my opinion. Heck, I need to learn this dance so I can do it before my next 5k or something. That would be sweet!
In their defense they were not the only team on the field jumping and dancing around that day. If you were watching the game that day as they came back from the lightning delay they briefly showed both sidelines (UCF and UT) getting their soulja boy line dancing on. At least the unit that was entering the field was paying attention to the coaches before they headed back on the field. Who are we to judge what gets a team pumped? I have even seen clips of Mr. Vince Young himself getting his groove on during practice and on the sidelines of a game before. Not a big deal in my opinion. Heck, I need to learn this dance so I can do it before my next 5k or something. That would be sweet!
I really thought you guys might be overreacting just a tad to their typical "pump it up" bounce...but this is beyond anything I could have possibly imagined. The University of Texas has recruited a bunch of thugs to their once-upon-a-time championship team.To put a positive spin on this...ticket prices will deflate.
(Son of Horn) Good point JB. Looks like we may have a bunch of party boys instead of professionals here. I'll have to add this to the next family football analysis session. Hee Hee!
Just what I know. For my daughter's 11th birthday we had a pool party Saturday with her closest 14 friends and they played that song and did the superman(?) SEVERAL times during the 5 1/2 hours. It was a hit and her jr. high sister knows all the words, too.
How old are you guys? The Longhorns are college kids... Have you never line danced before. I bet yall killed the Macarena... No wait the electric slide was probably more your era.
So what? They danced ON THE SIDELINES to a song that is popular for its accompanying dance. If blame should be placed anywhere it should be on the stadium manager or whomever who played the darn song in the first place. If they were winning no one would be talking about what the team was doing on the sidelines. In fact, you'd probably be lining up for Soulja Boy dance lessons.Furthermore, because of the way JB and Sandy were talking on the radio this morning, in addition to these blog comments, I've realized that there definitely is a need for study of the African-American quality of life in Austin. And no, you can't talk about this without introducing issues of race.
I thought no one in Texas line danced!! I am glad I am an Aggie.
Maybe you guys should go early to a game at DKR.. Early to ANY game within the last SEVEN years! If you did, then you would know the Longhorns have had a "song" each year that they warm up to, that gets the players pumped and dancing. This year its Soulja Boy. And yes, lets all be hypocrites about it. Vince Young does it during the most important practice and game in the last 50 years of Longhorn football and everyone loves it. If this team does it during a lightning delay, well... Blasphemy! Give me a break.To the poster above who said these guys aren't acting like "professionals"... News flash! They are college kids, not getting paid (to our knowledge), trying to play the game they love and have fun doing it. If you really think the reason this team is doing so poorly (and I use that term relatively) is because they dance in unison to one song, then you really don't have an opinion about football thats worth respecting. Offensive problems: inexperienced OLine. Defensive problems: inexperienced secondary and under-performing linebackers. Its not because they dance the Soulja Boy before the game or during a delay.Ya, so Penn St. doesn't do it. When has Penn St been worth a squat the last 8 seasons? I can remember one season they were decent but since then, they haven't been. Why? B/c JoePa can't recruit. Why? Maybe b/c hes out of touch with the kids and Mack isn't. I'll take a team having fun, dancing during pre-game warmups, putting up 9 wins each of the last umpteen years than whatever you want to say Penn St. has.
I am not a fan of TU...I mean UT, but I don't really think they did anything wrong, it is a popular song and they were just dancing during some down time. I agree with whoever said the stadium shouldn't have been playing this to begin with!!!At least it was not done during some actual playing time...
okay...here we go.I LOVE these boys....LOVE them, BUT it has to be said that these guys play football for the UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS. If you live anywhere near Austin you know what that means. It's not just a team, it's a way of life. It's football, it's serious, it's not "just a game". Yes they should have fun doing it but when it comes to game time, it's game time...the whole game. I don't care what plays on the loud speaker or if we're winning or losing...These guys are representing UT, the team, the fans, the university...get it together guys. I am a HUGE fan, I love these guys, but it makes me so mad to see them acting like that. Dancing around with your teammates should be done off of the field, do it anywhere you like, just not during a game and not on the field...Remember a few years back when people knew our name because of the way we presented ourselves? When the team won every game? When we had our stuff together? No, we don't have to win every game to be remembered, but if anything let's be remembered for the game we played, for the dedication and love of the game, not because we act like a bunch of kids in a night club on the sidelines. I am a longhorn fan, I always will be and I'll be behind them win or lose, but I won't back the stupid decisions they make...
Its a song that a lot of people like. It has caught on with the urban community...there is even a tutorial on You Tube for the soulja boy dance. Granted its not something you would expect from this team....however, they are still college students they aren't professional athletes getting paid millions. I say call the head coach and ask him what he thinks about it....I doubt he listens to your show in the morning.
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