Alabama offensive coordinator Major Applewhite, a former Texas quarterback who holds the Longhorns’ career record for passing yards, appears close to joining coach Mack Brown’s staff.
Sources close to the situation confirmed Monday that Applewhite has been approached about filling the vacancy that surfaced last week when running backs coach Ken Rucker took another job within the UT athletics department. An announcement could be made by Wednesday.
Applewhite, 29, played for the Longhorns from 1998-2001 and holds Texas’ record for career passing yards (8,353). He set the school’s single-season passing mark (3,357 yards) in 1999. After finishing his college career, Applewhite spent two seasons as a graduate assistant on Brown’s staff before working as a full-time assistant on staffs at Syracuse (2005), Rice (2006) and Alabama (2007).
Applewhite spent last season as the offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach for the Crimson Tide (7-6) but shared game planning duties with Joe Pendry, Alabama’s assistant head coach/offensive line coach.
— Jimmy Burch