3 March 2006
Mike Florio

A league source tells us that, indeed, Texas quarterback Vince Young's Saturday Wonderlic was re-scored due to a grading error.

And the "real" score was higher than the six that spread through the scouting combine like a flash fire in a balsa wood factory.

But before Vince or agent Major Adams or Longhorns coach Mack Brown uncork the bubbly, the "real" score doesn't quite grant Young unfettered access to the next annual meeting of Mensa.

After further review, he got a seven.

We'd previously questioned the reasoning behind declaring the Saturday report erroneous due to a scoring error, and then giving him the test again on Sunday. Common sense suggests that, if everything is on the up-and-up at the combine, they merely would re-score the first test.

Now, it all makes sense.

Published reports indicate that Young had received no preparation for the Wonderlic, and that he had no idea he'd be expected to take it at the combine. We reported on Thursday that Adams had been offered sample copies of the test in order to get Vince ready, but that Adams brushed off the possibility of allowing Vince to go to school on a test that might be a good indicator of whether he ever actually went to school.


Here's the last thing we'll say on the Vince Young Wonderlic fiasco . . . at least until we pick up some more information about it.

A league source tells us that Young's do-over actually was a do-over.

In other words, he got the same version of the test on Sunday that he had taken on Saturday.

There are multiple versions of the Wonderlic. We've heard the NFL uses five or six; we've seen in print somewhere that there are as many as 18.

But Vince somehow pulled the same version on Sunday that he'd seen on Saturday.

Look, we're not in the business of sticking our fingers square in the eye of the NFL. We love pro football, and we've been loyal followers of the NFL for decades. So since that whole "if you express legitimate dissent then you hate America" thing has not yet migrated to pro sports, we feel free to reiterate that, if Young indeed got to take the same version of the Wonderlic on Sunday that he'd seen on Saturday, then this whole thing stinks to the highest levels of heaven.

In our opinion, there's ample proof here of a clumsy cover up that had more to do with mollifying Mack Brown and less to do with preserving the draft standing of Young. And the reason for it, in our opinion, is to help the major colleges continue to push through the Dexter Manleys of the world, who somehow can be on track to graduate from a university without being able to read or to write.

The sad truth is that college football isn't about the college, but about the football. These institutions make millions off of the toil and risks and the sometimes pretty faces of a bunch of guys who get pennies on the dollar in comparison to the revenue they generate.

Yeah, they get a free education. But maybe 10 percent of them ever even would have wanted that education.

And what is education without accountability? As we've all heard over the years, student-athletes get plenty of "special treatment" in order to stay north of a 2.0 (or whatever the minimum GPA is).

So the schools have little reason to change the guys who don't, never did, and never will want to learn. They need to enable them in order to ensure that they will be eligible.

Part of the enabling includes having coaches who will scream and shout whenever there's objective evidence, such as Young's initial Wonderlic result, which might fuel the perception that many of these guys aren't going to class, aren't studying, and aren't learning.