Ready for some football in Texas

August, 30, 2008
8/30/08
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Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin

AUSTIN, Texas -- It's a hot, muggy day today -- really like most in this part of the country in late August.

But you can tell it's a football game day 30 miles outside of the Austin city limits.

Traffic south to Austin was heavier than normal even in Williamson County, a good 30 minutes north of Darrell K. Royal/Texas Memorial Stadium.

And it's easy to understand why. Vince Young's jersey will be retired before the Longhorns' game against Florida Atlantic.

The ceremony for Young, scheduled for 30 minutes before kickoff, has even upstaged some of FAU coach Howard Schnellenberger's lippy comments about the Longhorns' lack of physical play.

Texas' $159 million refurbishment of the stadium will be unveiled at the largest crowd to ever watch a football game in the state of Texas.

Capacity is listed at 94,113. But a larger crowd could squeeze into what is now the fifth-largest college stadium in the country. Only Penn State, Ohio State, Michigan and Tennnessee are bigger.

And Texas Athletic Director DeLoss Dodds has hinted that the stadium eventually could be expanded to 115,000 with additional construction on the south side of the facility.

Dodds' gardening hobby was spotlighted in a story Saturday morning in the Austin American-Statesman. But if the new construction project -- and the demand for seats -- is any indication, he also might have a green thumb for additional money.

Seats have been filled in along the stadium's north side. Architects also included a nod to the school's rich history. The school's 25 Southwest Conference championship seasons are listed on the facade. And a level below them, the five players who have or will have their jerseys retired are listed -- Bobby Layne, Tommy Nobis, Young, Earl Campbell and Ricky Williams.

But it's all about Young tonight. And the memories of the school's 2005 national championship will be cherished again on the mammoth "Godzillatron" scoreboard when Young has his jersey retired 30 minutes before the kickoff.

Young has been accompanied to town by former college teammates and current Tennessee Titans teammates Bo Scaife, Michael Griffin and Ahmard Hall.

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