CHIP DIP #1 ... Talked to Leigh Steinberg about Vince Young's return to football (he signed with the Saskatchewan Roughriders of the CFL Thursday), and he said VY is coming back for the love of the game.
"I asked Vince at the beginning of this process, 'If the NFL doesn't call, and the Canadian (Football) League is all we end up with, would you still want to do this?' and his answer was 'Yes,'" Steinberg said.
"He is realistic about this situation and simply has the desire to play more football. He is not doing it because he's broke. He's in a good place in his life. He has a great wife. He has really good people around him who have helped with his finances. He's a football player, and football players want to play until they can't do it anymore."
Young remains an employee in UT's Division of Diversity and Community Engagement, where he's earned $100,000 per year since 2014, according to UT spokesman Gary Susswein.
"Vince Young has been approved for an unpaid leave of absence from June 1 to October 31, and we wish him the best success during that time," Susswein said.
The average salary of a CFL player is roughly $80,000. But Steinberg indicated Young will be paid well north of that.
Steinberg, who represented former NFL and CFL QBs Warren Moon, Jeff Garcia and Doug Flutie said Young has been "training like he's going to Pro Day."
Saskatchewan has already signed the top offensive line free agent in the CFL, have an offensive-minded head coach and will play this season in a renovated stadium. Steinberg said tweets about the Saskatchewan Roughriders picking up Young's CFL rights a month ago "received 500,000 impressions."
"Vince Young clearly still has appeal," Steinberg said. "And why not? He's only 33. He's a two-time Pro Bowl quarterback who has won a bunch of games as a starter in the NFL."
CHIP DIP #2 ... Congrats to Shaka Smart's basketball team for finally winning a game away from Austin - thus avoiding becoming the first team in 111 years of Texas basketball not to win a game away from Austin in an entire season.
The Horns opened 1-of-16 from 3-point range and appeared dead vs Texas Tech. But Texas somehow finished 4-of-7 from 3-point range (including a deep 3 from seldom-used Mareik Isom) and Tech went cold (again - just like Tech did in Austin) as the Horns won, 61-52.
Tenth-seeded Texas plays No. 2-seed West Virginia tonight at 6 pm CT on ESPNU.
CHIP DIP #3 ... Last night, Mareik Isom hit one of the biggest 3s of the season for Texas - and it was a deep, NBA 3 right in front of Shaka Smart - with 2:52 left that put Texas up four - 52-48 - igniting an 8-0 run that helped seal UT's 61-52 win.
Isom had only 7 points in 17 minutes on 2-of-5 shooting. But he played well on defense and is an imposing defender at 6-foot-9.
The last time Isom had a good game was in UT's loss at home to Kansas State, when Shaka Smart went on and on about how if everyone played as hard as Isom, Texas would've won a lot more games this season.
Then, Texas went to play at West Virginia - and lost by 15 - and Isom played all of 2 minutes. Let's see how many minutes Isom gets tonight vs WVU. Should be more than 2 - right?
CHIP DIP #4 ... The youth movement may be under way for David Pierce's Longhorns.
I know it was Texas A&M-Corpus Christi and Texas was up, 12-0, in the second inning, but freshman Austin Todd of Round Rock may never leave the No. 4 hole the way he is raking right now.
Batting cleanup last night, Todd was 3-for-3 with 3 RBI and 3 runs scored with his third double in two games. In Todd's last three games, he's is 7-for-9 at the plate with 6 RBI and 6 runs scored.
You've already got true freshmen SS David Hamilton and 3B Ryan Reynolds in the lineup. Heck, freshman Trace Bucey was plugged in at DH last night and went 1-for-3 with 2 RBI and 1 run scored.
And how about redshirt sophomore Tate Shaw batting leadoff and golfing the first pitch he saw into a double to start UT's offensive onslaught?
Pierce has some decisions to make heading into this weekend's series against UCLA about if this youth movement will continue. I bet it does, because you can tell guys like Todd and Shaw LOVE to hit, and the Horns' issue right now is offense.
CHIP DIP #5 ... Sorry, I don't get nostalgic about Tony Romo. He had great regular-season stats, but his post-season legacy is a nightmare (even though the non-catch call against Dez Bryant at Green Bay wasn't correct and wasn't Romo's fault).
But the late INT in a playoff loss to the Giants after a 13-3 season. Losing to a rookie RGIII on one leg in a winner-take-all game to get into the playoffs. Even the dropped snap vs the Seahawks.
I called that $108 million contract Jerry Jones gave Romo in 2013 the dumbest contract in the history of sports, because Romo was in his 30s and had back issues. Now, the Cowboys have to start paying for that contract. If Romo is designated for a June 1 cut, the Cowboys will have $10.7 million they can't spend under the cap this year; and $8.9 million they can't spend in 2018.
That will sting as the Cowboys try to fix their defense.
Where does Tony Romo end up?
I bet it's Houston, and I bet Romo's back doesn't allow him to get through the 2017 season.
UPDATE 1 PM CT THURSDAY - Romo could still be traded, per Chris Mortensen ...
QUICK CHIP DIP FLASHBACK:
I was covering the Cowboys for the Dallas Morning News when then-Cowboys OC Sean Payton convinced a very reluctant Bill Parcells to bring in Tony Romo from Sean Payton's alma mater Eastern Illinois.
I'm not sure how many Cowboys' fans remember this, but Parcells wanted nothing to do with Romo, who joined the team in 2003 as an undrafted free agent (totally based on Payton's evaluation) and didn't get his first start until midway through Parcells' final season in 2006 (after Payton had left to take over the Saints).
Before then, Parcells brought in aging vets Vinny Testaverde and Drew Bledsoe. Very reluctantly, Parcells agreed to play Romo, whom Parcells thought was a "celebrity quarterback" - a quality Parcells couldn't stand.
I've always wondered what one thinks of the other since then - because Parcells' retired from coaching after that 2006 season.
CHIP DIP #6 ... Greater comeback last night:
The Spurs' 28-point comeback win (they won by 10) over Sacramento?
Or FC Barcelona scoring three goals after the 88th minute to beat Paris Saint Germain 6-5 (aggregate over two games) to advance in the Champions League playoffs?
CHIP DIP #7 ... Bears coach John Fox is willing to overpay for QB Mike Glennon so that Jay Cutler doesn't get a third coaching staff fired.
What team thinks its locker room can overcome Cutler's toxic personality?
Any team thinking of grabbing Cutler (and ANY sports fan) needs to watch the E:60 on Martellus and Michael Bennett ...
Meanwhile, Kyle Shanahan is turning to Brian Hoyer and Marquise Goodwin to try to jumpstart the 49ers' offense.
NFL free agency baby - here we go ...
CHIP DIP #8 ... The Patriots really are smarter than everyone else.
And they will prove it if they get away with trading CB Malcolm Butler to the Saints for WR Brandin Cooks - a trade proposal currently being considered, according to ESPN's Josina Anderson.
Quick receivers who can get open quickly are the lifeblood of keeping Tom Brady's career going at 40, because he HAS to get the ball out of his hands ASAP. And Cooks certainly fits that description.
CHIP DIP #9 ... Speaking of the Patriots, TE Martellus Bennett is moving on and thanked Patriots' fans: "I'm going to miss you Mass-Holes. T'was Fun. Thank you for the good times. To infinity and beyond ..."
Again, I can't recommend that Bennett brothers E:60 enough ... (You'll end up watching it two or three times.)
CHIP DIP #10 ... My two favorite rappers are Eminem and Biggie. And 20 years ago today - The Notorious B.I.G. - was gunned down and killed in LA in a murder that has never been solved.
Enjoy ... (I even gave you the clean versions, so it's safe for work.)
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