Young's struggles old news


The demise of Vince Young has been in the works for a while, and the downhill slide continues for the Tennessee Titans backup quarterback.

Young led Texas to a national championship and won big games early in his NFL career. But Young is a reckless running quarterback with an unorthodox throwing motion, and his weaknesses have been exposed on and off the field. Those who predicted he would be a bust as the No. 3 draft pick in 2006 appear on target.

Dallas Morning News columnist Jean-Jacques Taylor wrote Young off after seeing him struggle in a preseason loss to the Dallas Cowboys.

"It's sad watching Young play football these days," Taylor wrote. "The sensational playmaker we saw ... no longer exists. If the Titans have the courage to deal with the embarrassment, none of us should be shocked if they cut him. He's just not that good.

"It's hard to believe he was recently quoted as saying he would be the next African-American quarterback to win a Super Bowl, and that he'll eventually be in the Hall of Fame. Young can't even beat out Kerry Collins, an over-the-hill, faux starter with a popgun arm."

SPEED RECEIVER? -- Usain Bolt, the Jamaican sprint star and world-record holder in the 100 and 200 meters, said he might try the long jump. Maybe he should consider a jump to the NFL.

It sounds like a crazy idea, and Al Davis is crazy. The Oakland Raiders won't win many games, but they could sell a lot of tickets by promoting the fastest wide receiver in league history.

SHOOTING A NEW EPISODE -- HBO Sports' "24/7" reality series returns with a four-part episode previewing the Floyd Mayweather Jr.-Juan Manuel Marquez fight on Sept. 19.

States HBO's news release: "Mayweather blazes through training camp in Las Vegas after nearly two years away from the ring, while Marquez conducts his regimented training in the familiar confines of Mexico City."

On Sunday night, Mayweather allegedly threatened a man's life before shots were fired in the parking lot at the Crystal Palace Skating Center. Will that scene be featured in episode No. 2 or 3?

BLUEGRASS CIRCUS -- The drama being played out in Kentucky with college basketball coaches Rick Pitino, John Calipari and Billy Gillispie would make another interesting reality show.

Louisville's Pitino, caught in a sex scandal, held a bizarre news conference Wednesday to blame the media for his problems. Several hours later, former Kentucky coach Gillispie was charged with driving under the influence.

Calipari, the Wildcats' new coach and no stranger to controversy, accepts no responsibility after the NCAA handed down harsh penalties to his former school, Memphis.

"As for Calipari, this is twice that he has had a Final Four appearance vacated, and he stands alone in NCAA history with two," wrote Mike Huguenin of Rivals.com. "... Why is it that head coaches, such as Calipari, can get all the credit and glory for the good things that go on in a program, yet almost always seem to avoid blame when something goes wrong?"

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