Side Lines for Monday — January 09, 2006

• Vince Young chooses NFL

Vince Young chooses NFL


AUSTIN, Texas — Vince Young is headed to the NFL.

The Texas quarterback, who led the Longhorns to their first national championship in 36 years, announced Sunday he would make himself eligible for the April draft.

Young maintained during the season that he would to return for his senior year, but said his Rose Bowl performance put him “over the top.”

“Hard work has paid off a whole lot,” he said.

Young was spectacular in Texas’ 41-38 Rose Bowl win over top-ranked Southern California on Wednesday, and he would have been a favorite to win the Heisman Trophy had he decided to return.

The versatile quarterback accounted for 467 yards against USC — 200 running and 267 passing — and ran 8 yards for the winning touchdown with 19 seconds left.

Young thanked many people, including his family and coach Mack Brown, who was at the American Football Coaches Association Convention and could not attend Sunday’s news conference.

In his eight seasons at Texas, Brown never before has had a player leave early for the NFL.

Young ends his career at Texas with a 30-2 record — the best in school history.

Mixed Doubles Tennis meeting on Saturday

The Kaua’i District Tennis Association announces a Mixed Doubles Tennis League captain’s meeting that starts at noon Saturday at the Po’ipu Kai tennis courts.

All interested players are welcome.

For more information, or if you are interested in playing for a team, please contact Laurie at 826-1476, or 652-3628.

All Girls Rodeo schedule announced

Sunday, Jan. 29 is the first of the 2006 Kaua’i All Girl Rodeo Association (KAGRA) events on their calendar.

The KAGRA announced their 2006 schedule of rodeo that will have rodeo events taking place on April 30, May 14, and the final one on August 20.

KAGRA announced that the state rodeo will be hosted on Kaua’i, Sept. 17 and will involve cowgirls from all islands converging on Kaua’i.

All rodeo events will take place at the CJM Country Stables in Po’ipu, said KAGRA Secretary Linda Antipala. Events start at 10 a.m. with the Grand Entry.


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