View Full Version : It's official, Applewhite takes position at Texas

01-17-2008, 01:21 PM

TUSCALOOSA | Major Applewhite, the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at the University of Alabama for one season, has returned to the Lone Star State and accepted a position on Texas coach Mack Brown’s staff.

Texas announced Wednesday night that Applewhite is the Longhorns’ new running backs coach with the dual title of assistant head coach. A press conference has been scheduled for 10 a.m. today.

The Tuscaloosa News reported earlier Wednesday that Applewhite had agreed to leave the Capstone to replace Ken Rucker and work closely with his mentor, offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Greg Davis.

“It’s exciting to be a Longhorn again,” Applewhite said in a press release. “The opportunity to come back to my alma mater, working with Coach Brown, Coach Davis and all the great coaches, many that I know and have worked with before, is special. Having the chance to be with all of them the last couple of days, to see their passion, to be a part of the expectations they’ve built and see how they’re all on the same page and heading in the same direction is really exciting to be a part of.

“It’s not just about being back in Austin, which is great because I love everything about this place, but the challenge Texas football presents, the familiarity I have with the program and Coach Brown’s philosophy that I believe so strongly in. That’s ultimately why this was an opportunity I couldn’t turn down.”