Major Applewhite is headed back to Texas to become an assistant football coach, sources close to the situation have confirmed. Applewhite, 29, has accepted an offer from coach Mack Brown to become the Longhorns' running backs coach. An official announcement cannot be made before the close of business today (5 p.m., Wednesday). A likely scenario involves a Thursday news conference to formally present the Longhorns' latest hire.
Applewhite, who spent the 2007 season as Alabama's offensive coordinator, is a former UT quarterback who holds the school record for career passing yards (8,353).
_ Jimmy Burch