Source: Applewhite to be offensive coordinator
Published: Saturday, December 11, 2010 at 11:34 p.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, December 12, 2010 at 6:03 p.m.
Texas assistant head coach Major Applewhite is expected to follow new UF coach Will Muschamp and become the Gators' offensive coordinator, according to a source close to the Florida football program.
However, the Longhorns may be working to keep Applewhite in the fold. According to the Austin American-Statesman, he is a candidate to remain with the Longhorns as offensive coordinator or take over play-calling duties with the resignation of offensive coordinator Greg Davis.
Applewhite was a record-setting quarterback for the Longhorns from 1998-2001, after which he returned to Texas as a graduate assistant. He became quarterbacks coach for Syracuse for one difficult season in 2005, as the Orangemen struggled to a 1-10 record (worst in school history) with an offense that scored just 13.8 points a game (fewest in 20 years).
In 2006, Applewhite became the youngest offensive coordinator in Division I-A when he was hired at Rice University. The next year, Applewhite took the same position at Alabama as part of Nick Saban's first coaching staff.
He returned to his alma mater in 2008 to be assistant head coach and running backs coach, positions he held through the 2010 season, a difficult 5-7 campaign.
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