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Applewhite accepts job

Major Applewhite has accepted a job as Texas running backs coach and will be introduced as Mack Brown’s newest assistant, perhaps as soon as Thursday morning, a source familiar with the negotiations said Wednesday morning.

“It’s all good,” the source said. “Major feels very relieved and excited. If things work out, Major may coach here the rest of his life. He considers this place his home.”

No announcement of Applewhite’s hiring can come before 5 p.m. today because of job-posting rules.

Applewhite had breakfast with Texas school officials Wednesday morning after dining on chicken at the home of Mack and Sally Brown Tuesday night. The two coaches chatted about football philosophy, recruiting and other facets of the job. “I don’t think there was a helluva lot of interviewing going on. It was well-assumed he was taking the job long before then.”

Applewhite has turned to calling Alabama recruits to tell them about his new job. One source said Applewhite would probably go to California next week to visit with elite running back Darrell Scott.

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By Change what?

January 17, 2008 12:46 PM | Link to this

I commented at the fist of the season about poor defensive performance and the stupid predictable plays we were calling. I actually stated that there was a good possibility of losing 5 games if we did not change something. I never thought that changing quarterbacks was the problem, and even thought the play calling helped Colt throw more interceptions.

Of course our strategy in the Holiday Bowl looked completely different than the one used for the first half of the season. Texas, when inspired towards greatness, is formidable. A conservative Texas is mediocre.

The two coaches brought in lean towards the spectacular, and I believe they will have a very positive impact - even on other aspects of the game they do not control. Vince infected game strategy and philosophy, and new coaching blood can have the same impact on strategy. Contrary to opinions I hear sometimes, our player talent level is exceptional. They just need to be given the chance and to be able to have fun. If they are generally not enthused about plays being called, they are probably the wrong plays.

By TXNHOU

January 17, 2008 12:26 PM | Link to this

Brandon - I take back what I said and redirect it to all of the dumba@@ Bama fans talking doodoo. I was TOTALLY confused with how you were commenting.

My apologies fellow LONGHORN :)

By TXNHOU

January 17, 2008 12:20 PM | Link to this

Brandon - Are you kidding me?

If you want to look at program that has done nothing for over 15 years and that has more problems that one can count on their very own two hands, then look at Alabama. The Nictator has done nothing at Alabama. He was successful at LSU (the four years he was there), but that is it. Bear Bryant? Well he is dead. I respect what he did, but were you alive when he was coaching? Probably not and if you were, that explains why you are not able to realize by comparinmg Bryant/Alabama with Brown/Texas is like comparing apples and oranges. Overall, Alabama is a stellar program becausre of their history, but what about TODAY? Alabama is the least feared and weakess, other than Ole Miss and MSU, in the SEC. Texas is one of the most feared in all of college football. That is a huge disparity in itself.

I give Auburn Tiger credit, they were MUCH more classy by asking why Muschamp left instead of saying Texas sucks. You Bama fans cannot let go and want to talk bulls when quite frankly that is not even the issue. The issue is Applewhite is coming home where he is LEGEND.

One more thing Bama fan. You better hope Applewhite does not recommend to Mack Brown to go after Star Jackson, because if he does Mack Brown will alblige and take him away as well.

Think about that Tide fan.

Hook’em Horns!

By Big Red (Real Opinion)

January 17, 2008 12:17 PM | Link to this

Ah who am I kidding! Somehow we managed to beat Texas by a mere fumble recovery. Beating Texas means so much to us because OK is such a SxxT hole. I used to be glad the sky was not burnt orange in OK, then I realized it was red because I was in hell. I can’t believe we can’t win a bowl game!

By Brandon

January 17, 2008 11:58 AM | Link to this

“Come on!!!! You Longhorn fans are really blowing this thing out of proportion… You guys act like Applewhite is going to somehow turn the whole program around and get Texas back to the big dance overnight.”

Ummmm…we’ve won 10 games a year for 7 years. This isn’t A&M or Baylor. We don’t need a turn around, we need a boost. Between the hire of Major and Muschamp there is no reason not to get excited about that.

As far as Texas not being in the same league as Bama, that is just ridiculous. Bama has more national titles. But Texas has more wins and a higher winning percentage. Not to mention 7-0-1 record against Bama, including 3-0-1 against the Bear. 2 separate UT coaches out coached The Bear on game day. And as far as recent history it isn’t even close right now. Texas has been much better over the last decade. Saban might turn it around, he’s a good coach, but he may just be waiting for the USC job, or NFl to open up again. How can any Bama fan sit there with a straight face and chastise Major’s character with Saban as a your HC?

“Bama has 21 conference championships and 12 NCs overall. It has 7 API and Coaches Poll championships.”

That “12” is horseshit. They have 7.

“He’s been to three different teams in three seasons….each year there were websites created titled “Fire Major Applewhite.com” Now you tell me…why were they created ? I’ll tell you why, because he’s a terrible coach…again…has never proved a damn thing in his coaching career. Mack Brown beware of silly youth and inexperience.”

You’re a moron. The offense improved at Bama over last year. Rice had it’s best offense…ever. And went to a bowl game for the first time in 45 years, and he had enough to do with that that they offered him the HC job. Syracuse sucked, but Syracuse sucked before he got there and sucked after. As far those websites. Someone buys those site for just about every visible coach when they get a new job, just so they can own it if the gig goes south.

“I told everyone so ! Check this out ! http://firemajorapplewhite.blogspot.com/”

Hey genius, check the disclaimer “*Disclaimer: Any views expressed by third parties on this web site or discussion board are solely the views of the third party. This website and its owners assume no responsibility for the accuracy or inaccuracy of any statement made. In fact, given that it is a college football discussion board, a safe assumption is that most assertions are inaccurate.”

That is far from the sites set up by disgruntled fans.

By TXNHOU

January 17, 2008 11:53 AM | Link to this

Kenny: You the man. I agree with you 100%.

Big Red:

You know what makes me sick, a Sooner that thinks beating Texas makes their season. It obviously does because you cannot win a freaking bowl game, such as four striaght BCS Games. Technically you guys have lost five straight bowl games. Yes, according to the NCAA, your Holiday Bowl squeeker against Oregon was a forfeit. Sooners = Cheaters. Bottom line. Your guys are no different than USC or Alabama or Miami back in the day. Cheaters, cheaters, cheaters.

This year we barely loss to you guys. Yes barely. We had the youngest team in the Big XII and nearly won. Even Stoops said himself you guys lucked out and you did. Oh well. Next year we will beat OU and that will give is 58-40-1 over OU in our cherished 101 year history (we did not play some games due to WW II).

Please tell Bob Stoops I said “Hello Choker.”

Behold the continued success of Texas and the beginning of the decline of the OU program.

Hook’em Horns!

By David

January 17, 2008 11:44 AM | Link to this

Not that I don’t like Major, but I’d prefer to get someone with a lot more proven experience as a running backs coach. And I’d also prefer that Major stays out of UT a little longer to pick a few more minds (college and/or NFL) to bring more ideas back to the table on his return to UT. In any case, it’s a done deal. Learn fast! Hook’em!

By Kenny

January 17, 2008 10:42 AM | Link to this

Big Red: Try to look at the facts, overall UT owns the record for the game played in October so don’t count us out. BTW your team has lost their BCS bowl game yet again, what is that now, 4 years in a row? While on the other hand UT has won the last 4 bowl games we have played in including the NC. Sorry to burst your bubble. I too look forward to the game in October, all winning streaks come to an end eventually so your 1 game winning streak likely will end now.

By Ex teammate of MA

January 17, 2008 10:38 AM | Link to this

The bama folk want to say he lied to a kid and he is wrong for that. The truth is that happens every year and at every school we just do not hear about it all the time.. And can you really blame a guy for wanting a better job??? Like none of you people would leave where your at for a better opportunity!! Cmon now!!! Congrats Maj!!!!

By Ex teammate of MA

January 17, 2008 10:38 AM | Link to this

The bama folk want to say he lied to a kid and he is wrong for that. The truth is that happens every year and at every school we just do not hear about it all the time.. And can you really blame a guy for wanting a better job??? Like none of you people would leave where your at for a better opportunity!! Cmon now!!! Congrats Maj!!!!

By Jose C.

January 17, 2008 10:14 AM | Link to this

Thanks Coach Brown, for hiring someone who is going to be coaching with mind, body and soul. “hook em”

By Paul in Houston

January 17, 2008 10:01 AM | Link to this

I am proud that Major Applewhite is back on the 40 acres. This proves that the administration and athletic director know the proper way to run a Monarchy.

Nice job everyone!

By Big Red

January 17, 2008 9:46 AM | Link to this

I always love to see the Longhorns get all juiced up over their coaches and players (Top Recruiting Class for Five Years)but even Applewhite won’t be enough to turn around the Mack Attack and beat the Mighty Sooners! Big Bowl Bob has Mack’s number, sorry UT Fans. I do wish Applewhite well, I too think he is a great person and was a one-heck of a football player. See ya in October!

By cal

January 17, 2008 9:25 AM | Link to this

Bamatown, people might not understand what you are saying because, well…coherence is not your strong suit.

By GeorgiaTiger

January 16, 2008 11:12 PM | Link to this

I too have read all of the posts in this thread…more in a bit.

First let me congratulate the Longhorns for bringing home someone they obviously have a lot of respect for as an addition to their coaching staff (Major). As an alum of the school from which you just enticed Muschamp to leave, I must say that he’ll be missed and we wish him well. Alabama is licking their wounds over losing Major Applewhite to you, and they too will come to accept it soon.

I also am embarrassed (but not surprised) by some of the comments left by some rather upset Bama fans, and happy to see that many more extend their well-wishes to Major.

Butch: you made some statements that I don’t quite understand, such as your apology for Auburn “stinking up” this board. Huh???? I did a search here on “Auburn” and only came up with 3 hits. Except for yours, they were “friendly”. A vast majority of comments I have seen from Auburn folks on various blogs re: Muschamp were very positive, yet read this thread and look at the poison being thrown out by RammerJammers over losing Applewhite. Stop the Crimson Pity Party and learn to move on!

MCS: Yes, now you know. It’s one of those things you have to witness firsthand to comprehend!

Back to the Longhorns: While we graciously give up some really talented coaches to you, we might not be so nice if there’s a next time. Please keep what you have for a while and leave us alone now :)

WAR EAGLE!!!

By TXNHOU

January 16, 2008 9:54 PM | Link to this

I read all 109 comments and must respond to some. But first the obvious.

I am so excited for this move. After the up and down year we had, we needed some changes and good things to go Texas way, but never did I expect this many positives things to occur for Texas. Mack Brown should be commended, not only for the stellar job he has done the past ten years, but for listening to us, the fans that live, bleed and breathe Burnt Orange. Thank you Mack Brown for putting your loyalties aside and doing what is right for the UT Football Program.

Major Applewhite is LEGEND in Texas and he deserves, needs, and should be with UT. Greg Davis has done a pretty good job over the years, but his game plan and offense is getting boring. Brining his protege back and working closely together will only make the offense better.

Muschamp and Applewhite are the future of this team. That is precisely why Mack Brown made these additions happen. Kudos again Mack Brown.

Now for some reaction to some of the comments:

Jesse, BillyBadAss & Jeff - You guys kill me with your description of Applewhites devine powers. If he could actually fix MoPac and I-35, then he is GOD :) But then again, I think those freeways were engineered by Aggies and therefore unfixable ;-)

Alabama Fans - There have been some very classy and genuine congrats that you have made to Applewhite. Thank you for showing class. It is good to see that there are some classy Bama fans. However, there have been some complete idiots and jerks who just do not get it and probably never will. For those nuckleheads, get a life and get your head out of your a@@. Then maybe you will see the light and realize being classy is the only way to be.

BamaTown - Do not write about Applewhite’s ethics. Alabama has a history of ethics issues and NCAA violations across the board for the last two decades. It is Alabama that has helped create an unfair stigma that the SEC is full of cheaters. I do not beleve that, but Alabama has done their part to make that somewhat of a reality. So don’t lecture Applewhite about ethics.

PLEASE - Your an idiot. Mack Brown recruited, coached and put Vince Young in the position to succeed. He also recruited, coached and surrounded Vince Young with stud athletes so that Vince Young could lead this TEAM to the promiseland. Brown is the CEO of this UT Football Corporation, if you will. So when you or any other fanatic wants to dog on Mack Brown when things don’t go right, you should really consider giving him credit when things do go right.

Hook’em Horns!

By ut72ex

January 16, 2008 9:18 PM | Link to this

I am elated!! I met Major at a speaking engagement right after he graduated, and of course that was the year the Mack “promoted” Chris Simms to starting QB. Major was incredibly gracious in talking about the situation, even though we all knew that it was an incredibly stupid decision by Mack. Major is a true class act and will be a wonderful asset in both coaching and recruiting. My thanks to all you Bama fans who are so complimentary about Major. Your school also has a great tradition. Roll Tide and - most importantly - Hook ‘Em ‘Horns!!! Welcome back, Major, we have missed you!!!!!

By Dana Eckermann

January 16, 2008 8:30 PM | Link to this

Hookem Horns! I think ya’ll got a good one in Major. Just needs a little seasoning and he will be fine. Texas will be fine, you are the state university. Roll Tide !!!

By DUKE

January 16, 2008 7:46 PM | Link to this

I the longhorns can catch a little bit on Applewhites desire to win, and not just the LOOK AT ME ATTITUDE’ I hope the TEAM GETS IT!

By tj

January 16, 2008 7:33 PM | Link to this

Great!

How long will he stay?

He is a RockStar in NCAA coaching.

By tj

January 16, 2008 7:30 PM | Link to this

i am glad that Major is coming back to Texas. He is a young RockStar within the coaching ranks. I wonder how long he will stay until his dream job comes?

By Bevo

January 16, 2008 6:54 PM | Link to this

I’m glad a class act likweMjor is back inthe burnt-orange fold. What concerns me is his being tagged as running back coach. How many running backs has he coached? Seems like it would have been better to turn that over to Chambers and put Major in as a QB coach and co-OC or Asst. Head Coach.

By tiptonhvac

January 16, 2008 6:25 PM | Link to this

congrats longhorns, his play calling is terrible, glad to see him gone, you can have him!! roll tide!!

By JLT

January 16, 2008 6:01 PM | Link to this

Kudos to Mack and Dodds for getting this done! And how refreshing is it to see that Applewhite follows his heart and not his ego? Quite manly of him to take a demotion for the better situation. This is a great acquisition for the Horns. Not only is he an up and coming coach, he also developed into a really great recruiter. He has been instrumental in building a really strong class for the Tide. What a great job Mack has done bringing in Muschamp and Applewhite. He is definitely one of the best CEOs, er head coach, in college football. Hook em’!

By Miles Mueller

January 16, 2008 5:57 PM | Link to this

OK Sports fans, here it is:

UT intended to bring Major back home all along; He was only going out in the rest of the world to gain some experience and exposure at other places before bringing him back into the fold.

The real test for Major right now will be how he handles recruiting, namely whether or not he can sell Darren Scott on coming to Texas. this will be a major coup for him if he can pull this off. I look for Major to also begin wearing headphones on the sidelines and mentoring the young quarterbacks as well.

In all, Major Applewhite is being groomed for a top slot in the Longhorn Football Corporation.

By Ugly like an ape

January 16, 2008 5:51 PM | Link to this

Well, heck, I kinda thought the Major hire was a good one but now it’s apparently a GREAT one! Who woulda thunk it?

The Maj is gonna be the OC and ultimately the Head Coach before his ride at UT is over. Mark my words.

He was a winner as an undersized QB but he has no size disadvantages as a coach. Apparently the young fella can literally walk on water. Hey, that’s gotta help with recruiting!

Hook ‘em, Major! Welcome back to Longhorn land!

And, hey, all ya’ll have a nice damn day, OK?

By Mike

January 16, 2008 5:44 PM | Link to this

Message to Tony DiCompostela …

Bump!!!

By j101972

January 16, 2008 5:36 PM | Link to this

At First I did not think it was good hire but a “Great”!! hire this guy(MajorApplewhite) is the real deal a steal!! I remember watching this kid play quaterback at Texas making big plays after big plays. I can only hope that coach Brown in the future will be flexible with Major and utilized his talents to a bigger role the future is bright for UT Football and Coach Applewhite welcome back Major!!!.

Hook’em Horns

By JamesStreetFan

January 16, 2008 5:34 PM | Link to this

Major is being hired as OC but his real mission is obvious: QB coaching. It’s a speciality best learned off the field taught by an experienced QB.

By Reno Bevo

January 16, 2008 5:26 PM | Link to this

To Tony DiCompostela: I went to the website you mentioned, and if you are serious about your earlier comments, I don’t understand why you are referring people to it.

First, most comments on that website about Major are positive. So, one has to wonder why the name? Of the few that aren’t positive, they deal mostly with ‘Bama being his third job in three years. And, even regarding those those they are mostly quite humorous. One of them even deals with what a great job he did at Rice.

So, Tony, maybe you might want to be a little more selective, like reading some of the stuff yourself, before sending people to it to make your point.

By Fran

January 16, 2008 5:20 PM | Link to this

So he’ll coach guys to run with the ball and block? Give me half his paycheck and I’ll do it just as well.

By MCS

January 16, 2008 5:12 PM | Link to this

Wow! I’m so surprised at how upset some of the Alabama fans are coming across. I’m a UT Alum who is dating an Auburn Alum- I didn’t quite understand his hatred for Bama until now… As far as I’m concerned Hook ‘Em Horns and War Eagle!

I worked for the UT Coaching staff when Major was a Graduate Asst. What a blessing to have him return! Welcome home Major!

By Tony DiCompostela

January 16, 2008 5:04 PM | Link to this

I told everyone so ! Check this out ! http://firemajorapplewhite.blogspot.com/

By jisage

January 16, 2008 4:54 PM | Link to this

Lots of comments from UT and Alabama fans. Here is one from a Gopher fan. The Longhorns are really fortunate to have coach Brown adding to an already great staff. Minnesota could really learn alot from super football program. I have enjoyed watching Major play for the Longhorns and now he is back. Good for him…

By Tony DiCompostela

January 16, 2008 4:52 PM | Link to this

I can’t believe everyone is so upbeat about this guy. Hey, don’t get me wrong…I am a huge Longhorn fan and have been for years, but please. Major hasn’t accomplished a damn thing as a coach, and now because he was so loved here as a player we’re bringing him back ?!?! He’s completely unproven and is only here because he’s riding the popularity wave.

He’s been to three different teams in three seasons….each year there were websites created titled “Fire Major Applewhite.com” Now you tell me…why were they created ? I’ll tell you why, because he’s a terrible coach…again…has never proved a damn thing in his coaching career. Mack Brown beware of silly youth and inexperience.

TDC

By Reno Bevo

January 16, 2008 4:40 PM | Link to this

The best thing about this article was the last line, in the last paragraph: “One source said Applewhite would probably go to California next week to visit with elite running back Darrell Scott.”

My biggest complaint about Mack’s recruiting over the past few years is that it hasn’t been national in scope. He is even quoted as saying something to the effect, “We don’t recruit Florida.”

It is fine to focus on Texas athletes, and on high school programs, but they also need to go after 5 star recruits nationally.

Texas high school coaches have not made the same committment to UT that Brown has made to them. Welcome back Major, and good luck.

Hook ‘em

By BCB

January 16, 2008 4:38 PM | Link to this

clownmbrown: it’s Major Ogilvie you idiot, not Oglesby.

By UTDerek

January 16, 2008 4:33 PM | Link to this

Running Backs coach? I don’t get it. Is this just to get him any coaching staff position?

By ron

January 16, 2008 4:18 PM | Link to this

I’m glad he’s comming back but, why would yall put that goofy picture of him on line today? Give him a break!!

By Acts

January 16, 2008 4:18 PM | Link to this

I was at Chuy’s once, and they were almost out of food. Major took 5 tortillas, and 3 strips of chicken, and was able to distribute tacos to a full house.

By Horn Fan

January 16, 2008 4:15 PM | Link to this

Hey ‘PLEASE’:
Puhleaseeeee! Stop gulping the ‘Haterade’! We Longhorn fans are still going to be happy and celebrate the fact that Major is coming back to TEXAS no matter what kind of insults you can come up with on this blog! And, VY will always be a Longhorn!!!! HOOK ‘EM HORNS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

By bama town

January 16, 2008 3:52 PM | Link to this

Hey Chris can you read what YOU write “Has officially been announced yet”. That’s good. It’s official to EVERY PERSON that really matters. It was official when he got on the plane.

By Red Simba

January 16, 2008 3:51 PM | Link to this

Congratulations UT you gotyour man.To Major. Apologies to you for the criticism of you from me and the Bama fans. Evidently you didn’t have a chance to run your offense,the spread. It is hard to have a two-headed OC. I was sorely disappointed that you didn’t get to run the spread, I think it is the best system in college football right now. Good luck, much success and God Bless. Roll Tide and Hook’um Horns

By clownmbrown

January 16, 2008 3:50 PM | Link to this

Alabama has been down, yes it’s true. It hasn’t won a conference championship since 1999 and a NC since 1992. Bama has 21 conference championships and 12 NCs overall. It has 7 API and Coaches Poll championships. No, Texas ain’t Bama. Bama may have some embarrasing loses the last few years but at least Bama was beaten 65-14 by one of it’s most bitter rivals. Best of luck to Major. I think he’s a good guy and remember UT fans, Major’s parents went to Bama. He’s named after one of Bama’s greatest, Major Oglesby.

By Please

January 16, 2008 3:48 PM | Link to this

Come on!!!! You Longhorn fans are really blowing this thing out of proportion… You guys act like Applewhite is going to somehow turn the whole program around and get Texas back to the big dance overnight. He should of stayed at Alabama and gotten more experience… The only reason Texas go the title game and won is because of a person that is now playing at Tennessee! Texas will not go anywhere even if your favorite boy comes back to Austin…

By Please

January 16, 2008 3:47 PM | Link to this

Come on!!!! You Longhorn fans are really blowing this thing out of proportion… You guys act like Applewhite is going to somehow turn the whole program around and get Texas back to the big dance overnight. He should of stayed at Alabama and gotten more experience… The only reason Texas go the title game and won is because of a person that is now playing at Tennessee! Texas will not go anywhere even if your favorite boy comes back to Austin…

By Chris

January 16, 2008 3:46 PM | Link to this

hey Bama Town….they must not have taught you to read in Bama…Technically he is still the OC for Bama until tomorrow morning. Has officially been anounced yet.

By Kenny

January 16, 2008 3:43 PM | Link to this

Welcome back Major, the comments from Mark and the others were hilarious, thanks for those. Seems a lot of people lately had been over the top in their fawning all over MA. Yes he is a great addition to the coaching staff here and yes our offense will improve and I too agree he has a larger role coming soon here at UT. But he is after all a man hired to do a job and will have to prove himself on the field as I have no doubt he will be able to. To RockTheGoodAg, you and I had a conversation on the A&M web blogs and I thought you were a decent guy, turns out you just cannot help yourself I guess your comment about Alabama and UT is way off base and proof that you just cannot overcome your hatred of all things UT. As someone else state we are all time 7-0-1 against Alabama, that does not back up your comment at all. Sounds like sour grapes as the rumor was at one time that MA was being considered for a coaching position by some at A&M.

By Teebox M.R.

January 16, 2008 3:36 PM | Link to this

Many of us have been waiting for this day since Major threw his last pass at Texas. “Angry Opie” is a fighter and a leader. When his time comes (and it will) he will assume the title of head coach at The Univerity of Texas with the same tenacity and determination that he showed on the gridiron. I cannot wait for the day when we can say, “The king is dead (Brown). Long live the king (Applewhite)!”

By Chris

January 16, 2008 3:33 PM | Link to this

And when he walked on the water after parting it, he stopped briefly to heal a lame man.

By sss

January 16, 2008 3:31 PM | Link to this

Glad to have Major as a coach but as far as his “greatness” goes, we went to 2 Cotton & 2 Holiday Bowls under “The Major” and split ‘em, the last glorious victory being over Washington, the #21 team in the country. We won by 4 over the 3rd best team in the PAC-10. There are those who would blame Simms for us not being in the NC game, but anyone who thinks we could’ve fared any better than Nebraska versus Miami is fooling themselves…..

By what the....

January 16, 2008 3:31 PM | Link to this

umm….what the heck are you talking about KR23? Major can talk to anyone he wants to. And which recruits is Major trying to take away…..as I recall….in your newspaper it said Saban had agreed to let Major talk to THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS. If he didn’t want Major coming to Texas, then he should have said NO!

By bama town

January 16, 2008 3:27 PM | Link to this

Hey Chris you must have missed it. He is no longer an offensive coordinator

By Scott

January 16, 2008 3:26 PM | Link to this

“If you had’ve been straightforward with Saban”

bwwaahahaaaa yeah he’s a real straight shooter

By kr73

January 16, 2008 3:21 PM | Link to this

Yeah he’s a real class act trying to pull committed recruits to Texas with him. Hey Major, they committed to play for The University of Alabama and Nick Saban, not you.

If you had’ve been straightforward with Saban and not went behind his back meeting with Greg Davis, this might not be happening. Then Saban finds out from a recruit about this meeting. I’m sure that broke all trust, and you went begging to UT to be a RB’s coach.

By bama town

January 16, 2008 3:16 PM | Link to this

I would like to add that I wish Coach Applewhite well. You have your RB coach now, we already have ours, Burton Burns, who is a very good one and we’ll have our new OC probably before Applewhite is settled into his office. Good luck this year. Hope everything is great for him there because from the way UT fans talk, if they’re not, he’ll go look for a job somewhere else. Good luck on your year.

By David Minear

January 16, 2008 3:15 PM | Link to this

I think he has one of the most intelligent minds in football today. I know he is an an intensely competitive which will do well. I hope he can bring a recruiting ability second to none. This will provide a spark that should help. The program has had a stale feel for two years now.

By Chris

January 16, 2008 3:11 PM | Link to this

ARE YOU KIDDING….this will end up being the best hire that UT has made since Mack Brown. Major Applewhite never had the size, stature, or arguably the athletic ability to be such a great QB at a school like Texas in the Big 12. He was great because of his mental abilities, his practice, his insane training, i.e. film room…No player in college history spent as much time watching film as Major. You cant dis this guy on experience…he is currently the youngest OC in college football. He will be a vital asset no doubt will help our program…and most of all will become our OC when we fire Greg Davis!

By rich86

January 16, 2008 3:10 PM | Link to this

I’ll add that I like Coach Applewhite and wish him well. I believe he’ll be a good coach in time. He’s a good recruiter and a very likeable person.

I think it’s rather silly for Texas and Alabama fans to be slamming each other back and forth of this. It didn’t work out for Coach Applewhite at Alabama. I wish him a lot of success.

By Big Drizzle

January 16, 2008 3:08 PM | Link to this

one thing to remember is that out of all Bama fans, only 5% percent or so are upset. I personally wish Coach Applewhite the best and am very thankful for what he did at the university in such a short amount of time. there are some Bama fans that are being snobby and arrogant… and I wish I could slap every single one of them. we have nothing to be smug about. we have been college football’s b***h the past few years.

By Mark in Birmingham

January 16, 2008 3:07 PM | Link to this

As a true Bama fan and Alumnus I want to thank Major for his services to his second favorite school. There is no denying his love for Texas. I wish him the best! He has a very bright future. Roll Tide and Hook em Horns!

By rich86

January 16, 2008 3:05 PM | Link to this

If Coach Saban thought he did a good job calling plays, he’d still be in Tuscaloosa.

BTW, you guys give Alabama’s recent recruiting success to Coach Applewhie. Do you give the success Coach Saban had recruiting at LSU to Applewhite too?

You guys are being silly. You act like you’ve slammed Alabama. Truth is that Applewhite would have stayed if he could have run his offense.

I used to like Texas. Not any more after reading all this bs. I hope aTm and OU continue to keep you in your place.

By Bama Town

January 16, 2008 3:05 PM | Link to this

To ldc beleive it or not its not. I have always liked and admired Applewhite, who wouldn’t he’s named after a Bama great. And we have a great coaching staff and we will get a good replacement of that I am sure. I take it your talking about Saban. I didn’t like it that he lied but did you see him lying to anyone not drawing a paycheck (Pro Owner, pro players and media from Hell). But you know I do remember Applewhite at Texas sitting on the bench then coming in to clean up Simms messes and I really do like him. I guess I just have a problem with everyone talking about his strong character when he’s lying to 18 year olds that are making their lifetime decision but you think what you want. Its always easy to say “sour grapes” without really reading what I’m saying.

By Rolltider1

January 16, 2008 3:04 PM | Link to this

Hey CMA is a good guy and the potential to be very good….but he isn’t an OC and needs several more years to get there. We need a proven one. RTR and Hook’em Horns!

By Butch

January 16, 2008 3:04 PM | Link to this

Good for Major and UT. Texas fans, I apologize for the Auburn people coming here and stinking up your board. They tend to follow everything to do with Alabama. You know, kind of like Aggies. Anyway, let me set a couple of things straight. Major knew the set up when he took the job. He knew he was not going to have full control of the offense. He was NOT going to have full control of the offense in 2008 either which is probably why this all transpired. He was a great player for UT, was a great representative for Alabama, and will be a great assistant whereever he is. Good luck to Major and to UT and UA. Also for you barners, watch what happens when an assistant is hired by the Head Coach and not some midget banker in Montgomery. Have a great day.

By Rolltider1

January 16, 2008 3:04 PM | Link to this

Hey CMA is a good guy and the potential to be very good….but he isn’t an OC and needs several more years to get there. We need a proven one. RTR and Hook’em Horns!

By Chickit

January 16, 2008 3:00 PM | Link to this

I hope the mentee/mentor relationship between GD and MA doesn’t get mixed up. I think MA can teach GD a thing or two but only if he listens carefully.

By adele

January 16, 2008 2:53 PM | Link to this

Major helped Alabama to one of its best recruiting classes in years, and they complain. What a buncha babies.

By adele

January 16, 2008 2:52 PM | Link to this

Major helped Alabama to one of its best recruiting classes in year, and they complain. What gives?

By James Collins

January 16, 2008 2:52 PM | Link to this

JP Wilson is a horrible QB PERIOD. I thought Major got more out of the kid than he was capable of doing in a couple of games. But lets face reality, Wilson is so limited in QB skills that the play calling has to be limited as well. I don’t know how good a RB coach MA will be but he is a great QB coach in waiting.

By Rob

January 16, 2008 2:49 PM | Link to this

Good hire. Hopefully this adds more excitement to next year.

I love how Bama is affected by this. Last year they were excited because they thought they were getting God when Saban was hired. They laughed at Dolphins fans and acted arrogant. Now they are getting it right back. I hope Bama and Saban loses every year. He is a first class snake and a liar.

As far as I am concerned, Auburn will always be better than Bama. War Eagle

By todd

January 16, 2008 2:43 PM | Link to this

I think Major’s deal with the devil is almost up.

By Bama Town

January 16, 2008 2:28 PM | Link to this

To PabloDeTejas no disrespect either but you didn’t address the fact that he lied 2 weeks ago to Star Jackson. When kids sign that letter of intent it costs them a year if they want to leave if they don’t like the way things go. Just remember this, Rich Rod was a “home boy” too. Don’t be surprised if Major bails again. And I didn’t say he wasn’t successful; I don’t think that was his offense totally but the quarterback was his responsibility and personally I thought JPWilson looked better under Shula because I think Shula is a very good quarterback coach and I’m not sure about Applewhite because he didn’t stay long enough for us OR YOU to know.

By Tider

January 16, 2008 2:22 PM | Link to this

Congrats to all you Burnt Orangers. If CMA is given the opportunity to learn and grow, he will become one of the nations best head coaches in the future. As you know, he is of impeciable character and well liked everywhere. We will miss him at Bama and I hate to see him go. Maybe Coach Brown will give him the opportunity he deserves this time around. Again,congrats.

By ldc

January 16, 2008 2:19 PM | Link to this

Bama Town, Sour grapes, huh? Real funny to hear you alabama guys talk about ethics. Think back real hard. If you are an alabama fan, you should get it.

By PabloDeTejas

January 16, 2008 2:18 PM | Link to this

Bama Town, no disrespect the Alabama football intended, but Major was told he was going to have certain duties that he did not end up having. Things were misrepresented to him. When that happens, you are well within your rights to leave.

As far as “Major’s” offense not performing well last season, that was a function of the talent on hand, not his coaching ability.

By Jesse

January 16, 2008 2:13 PM | Link to this

upcoming AAS headlines: Major cures cancer, Armstrong furious Major hired by city to succeed Futrell Major solves MoPac traffic Major heals Tyler Rose; plays golf with legend Major preserves Barton Springs Major to build 3rd IH 35 deck Major to open show as Stones return to Town Lake Major elected DA Major to headline ACL Fest Major to run for Governor, Perry quits in fear Major to have staadium renamed in his honor; Royal & Jamail say, “it’s about time” Major rules Craddick isn’t all-powerful Major gets Ricky off the weed Major makes Austin housing affordable again

By Bama Town

January 16, 2008 2:10 PM | Link to this

I have always been a big Major Applewhite fan but if he’s such a great Christian, stand-up guy, why did he blatantly lie to an 18 year old Ala. quarterback recruit “I’ll be there unless I’m fired”. Isn’t it great when an adult shamelessly lies to high school kids but expects them to be loyal to you. Maybe its a state of Texas thing (i.e. Francione, he was following his heart too). Isn’t it interesting that he stayed around Tuscaloosa long enough on Tuesday to talk to a RB from Texas that’s looking at Ala. - there’s ethics for you.

By Tom

January 16, 2008 1:54 PM | Link to this

Man…Bama has really fallen off the map. Saban must be one mean and bitter SoB. After one year, 3 of his assistants are trying to bolt and two have taken lesser jobs. Rumor has it that Saban plays dirty in recruiting….I’m sure Major didn’t want to be linked to any violations so he got the hell out of there. I don’t blame him.

By og 2008

January 16, 2008 1:49 PM | Link to this

Bama Man, best of luck to you folks. Ya’ll have a hell of a legacy to uphold & I’m sure you’ll be back in the thick of things soon enough.

By Horn Fan

January 16, 2008 1:47 PM | Link to this

YYYYEEESSSSSS!!!!! Great choice, Coach Brown!
We welcome you, Major and Mrs. Applewhite, back to Texas with open arms! As a dyed in the wool Longhorn fan who bleeds burnt orange, I am ELATED and OVERJOYED!!!!!!
For you who feel this is not a good move for Major, who cares! This was HIS decision to make(to accept the position or not), and its his career as a D1 football coach that is affected, not yours. We all know what a good decision maker he is (on and off the field)! I’m sure he took lots of things and people into consideration and I’m just glad he’s coming home! What a class act!!! HOOK ‘EM HORNS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

By Mike Watson

January 16, 2008 1:45 PM | Link to this

Great to have you back Major in any capacity as a coach for the Long horns. You are justwhat the longhorns needed, someone who loves the school and will be an asset to the team.;

Looking forward to next year and seeing you on the side lines again!!!!!

Way to go Coach Brown now maybe this will lite a fire under Greg Davis a#%$%^ knowing that there is someone who can take his place if needed.

Go Horns!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

By mrs sherman

January 16, 2008 1:39 PM | Link to this

RocktheGoodAg is one of these aggy guys who gets up each day and pumps himself UP— 12-7 38-30 12-7 38-30 — that’s how he STIMULATES himself. Then he drives to The Chicken Plant and clocks in for the day shift.

By Redneck Texan

January 16, 2008 1:33 PM | Link to this

FIRE JOE PENDRY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! FIRE JOE PENDRY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!FIRE JOE PENDRY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!FIRE JOE PENDRY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!FIRE JOE PENDRY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!FIRE JOE PENDRY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!FIRE JOE PENDRY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!FIRE JOE PENDRY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!FIRE JOE PENDRY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

By JJ Gutierrez

January 16, 2008 1:27 PM | Link to this

RocktheGoodAg, Dude. Don’t even go there! As much of a fan of Bama that I am, UA doesn’t come close to UT….”A bigger winner than texas by any measure”. What measures are you talking about? Texas outshines Alabama across the board. Texas measures up!! Hope the glory days of Bama come back. We may stumble,but we are measured by our stride. You guys lost to UL-Monroe? At home? Good luck, though. Roll Tide and Hook em!!

By Bama Man

January 16, 2008 1:26 PM | Link to this

I sure hate to see him go and would have loved to have seen what he could do with the studs we have coming in. You can’t blame a guy for wanting to go home and I wish him and the real UT the best of luck.

Roll Tide

By Cassie

January 16, 2008 1:20 PM | Link to this

YAHOO FOR MAJOR!!!

By Rob

January 16, 2008 1:15 PM | Link to this

It’s funny how people are skeptical of how Applewhite will do when “his” offense didn’t do well at Alabama. Do some research folks; Applewhite, although offensive coordinator, did not devise the game schemes- that job fell to assistant head / off line coach Joe Pendry. Applewhite called in plays based on Pendy’s game plan. Sometimes, you can only do so much with the plan you’re given. Look for UT’s offense to look a LITTLE different next year; look for Alabama’s to look pretty much the same (unless Saban and Pendry took jobs somewhere else).

By JR

January 16, 2008 1:08 PM | Link to this

By JR My sons named a rescued abandoned puppy after Major when he was quarterbacking the Horns. The family dog Major is part pit bull, part labrador and part greyhound and appropriately named in honor of our new coach - mean enough to coach, calm when retrieving recruits and fast enough to stay ahead of the competitors. Great hire Mack!

By JR

January 16, 2008 1:06 PM | Link to this

It’s amazing to see how people are so excited about Major being back now, but as a coach! He will be a fantastic addition of youth, energy, ideas along with Muschamp. Just what the staff and team needs. Welcome back Major!!!!!!!

By RC

January 16, 2008 1:03 PM | Link to this

goodag, Don’t forget our record against Bama is 7-0-1.

By Carlos

January 16, 2008 1:00 PM | Link to this

Applewhite is a class act. His Christian commitment is what guides him. But, an experienced, well qualified running backs coach at a major university he certainly is not. My suspicion is this has more to do with Mack Brown trying to make amends for his inefficient coaching abilities and ill advised promises to Chris Sims (and Dad, Phil) to start Sims in place of Major during their UT days. Brown incorrectly figures this somehow makes up for that incredibly poor coaching decision.

By BillyBadAss

January 16, 2008 12:56 PM | Link to this

When walking across town lake he didn’t walk on water. He parted the water first.

By joel

January 16, 2008 12:50 PM | Link to this

hope you guys don’t play Lousiana-Monroe(ULM). Applewhite’s offense may not deliver.

By Richard Baccus aka Saltshaker

January 16, 2008 12:48 PM | Link to this

Major Applewhite is seven feet tall and kills Aggies by the hundreds. When he is here, he’ll consume the Sooners with fireballs from his eyes, and bolts of lightning from his a**e.

Ok, maybe that’s a bit much, but Major is back where he belongs…..as a coach.

Will Muschamp and now this?…..crap, what am I going to have to complain about next season?……well…this IS Texas……

Welcome back Maj….we missed ya.

By Shawn

January 16, 2008 12:45 PM | Link to this

I’m thinking this is more of attempt to get him here so he can soon be the Off. Co. and then Coach in about 5/6 years! THIS IS AWESOME NEWS!

By Mel

January 16, 2008 12:41 PM | Link to this

The coaching staff is looking much better, but Brown needs to stay the hell out of their way and let them do their job.

Brown does need to address our morbidly obese strenth and conditioning coach. It’s a little more than embarrassing.

By Dave

January 16, 2008 12:39 PM | Link to this

Major has always been a class act - Welcome HOME!!!

By John

January 16, 2008 12:37 PM | Link to this

Fantastic. Finally they made a perfect dselection. Welcome home Major, cant wait for sp[rong scrimmage and fall. Hope you can get scott to come to UT with scott here and you coaching nothing but greatness is in the future. Major will realy be a fantastic recruiter ….

By pio2u

January 16, 2008 12:36 PM | Link to this

Congrats, U got a good’un! Thanks & good luck CMA (ROLL TIDE)

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