Let the Major just be himself
Applewhite played the waiting game, and it’s about to pay off.
He paid his dues, flrst as a graduate assistant at Texas, then as a quarterbacks coach in the football wasteland that was Greg Robinson’s 2005 Syracuse team. Professional growth came in one-year stints as offensive coordinator at Rice and Alabama before returning to Austin in 2008 as an assistant.
No stranger to being second in line — fans still haven’t forgiven Mack Brown for leaving Chris Simms in the 2001 Big 12 title game too long while Major sat — Applewhite is the obvious choice to lead this offense. Some other offensive assistants were promoted Wednesday to fancy titles, but make no mistake: this offense is Applewhite’s baby. It’s his turn now. Applewhite’s flrst assignment as the lone play caller will be the Alamo Bowl on Dec. 29, which will come 11 years and one day after he threw for 473 yards and four touchdowns in his last Longhorns game, a 47-43 Holiday Bowl win over Washington.
Major always wanted to be a head coach, and at only 34, he is about to take his next step toward that goal. Truth is, Brown should have handed the offense over to Applewhite when he over- Get full Longhorns coverage at