Claremore Daily Progress

Sports

December 12, 2012

Major Applewhite takes over play-calling duties at Texas

AUSTIN — Texas fans have gilded memories of former quarterback Major Applewhite on the field. Can his reputation survive now that he's in the lightning-rod position of calling the plays for Mack Brown's inconsistent offense?

Applewhite, who has been Texas' co-offensive coordinator the last two seasons, was handed play-calling duties for the Texas bowl game and next season on Wednesday when co-coordinator Bryan Harsin left to become the head coach at Arkansas State. Applewhite will also tutor the Texas quarterbacks.

Applewhite should know as well as anyone the potential storm he faces.

Greg Davis, Texas' offensive coordinator from 1998-2010, coached Applewhite, Vince Young and Colt McCoy, directing some of the most prolific offenses in Texas history before leaving the program under withering criticism from fans after the Longhorns went 5-7 in 2010.

Applewhite has held the co-coordinator title for the last two years while Harsin called the plays. Texas went 16-9 over that span with consecutive blowout losses to Oklahoma. The Longhorns (8-4) play Oregon State (9-3) in the Holiday Bowl.

As a player, Applewhite was a redshirt freshman starter in 1998 when Longhorns running back Ricky Williams rushed for more than 2,000 yards and won the Heisman Trophy. Applewhite led Texas to a 9-5 record in 1999, but in 2000 found himself splitting starts with Chris Simms.

Ironically, Applewhite may be most beloved by Texas fans for a game he didn't win.

By 2001, Applewhite was relegated to the bench as Simms led Texas to a 10-1 record with a chance to play in the national championship game if the Longhorns won the Big 12 title game.

But a rash of early turnovers by Simms put Texas in an early hole against Colorado, a team Texas had beaten soundly during the season. Applewhite relieved Simms and nearly led a dramatic comeback before Texas lost 39-37.

Applewhite was a graduate assistant at Texas for two seasons before coaching stops at Syracuse, Rice and Alabama. Applewhite joined the Texas staff in 2008 as running backs coach.

Harsin's departure prompted other moves on the Texas staff. Wide receivers coach Darrell Wyatt was promoted to co-offensive coordinator and offensive line coach Stacy Searels was given the title of assistant head coach for the offense.

Tight ends coach Bruce Chambers was named recruiting coordinator.

 

1
Text Only
Sports
  • DSC_0237web.jpg Hrdlicka, Teter pour ‘heart’ into Zebra soccer program

    For the past four years, Claremore High School seniors Katelin Teter and Nick Hrdlicka have represented the ‘heart and soul’ of the Lady Zebra and Zebra soccer programs.
    The soccer duo will join seven other seniors on Friday night for Homecoming against Collinsville at Lantow Field.

    April 16, 2014 2 Photos

  • DSC_0114web.jpg SOCCER: JV Lady Zebras edge Verdigris, 2-1

    Claremore sophomore forward Brylee Brasher may have felt a little out of position Monday night during the junior varsity game against Verdigris.
    Normally, starting in the goal for the Lady Zebras varsity team, Brasher came out of her comfort zone to start at forward for the Claremore JV.
    The position switch proved to be a great decision for head coach Robin Sutherland, as Brasher showed a tenacity on offense that led to Claremore’s 2-1 win over Verdigris.

    April 16, 2014 2 Photos

  • Claremore’s Stone leads NSU tennis to MIAA title

    Amanda Stone was a player the last time Northeastern State won a conference title in tennis. This time, she’s the coach.
    Thanks to a 9-0 rout of Lindenwood on Saturday, No. 31 Northeastern State claimed no worse than a share of the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association championship.

    April 16, 2014

  • Vian's Rowdy Simon seeks playing time in Tulsa backfield

    The Tulsa football team practiced for two hours on Saturday and finished the workout with a 102-play scrimmage.

    Whereas last Saturday's scrimmage was dominated by the Tulsa defense, today's scrimmage session was a more balanced. The Tulsa offense scored on 10 of 21 possessions, including six touchdowns and four field goals, and the Tulsa defense had two takeaways.

    April 16, 2014

  • FOOTBALL: Tulsa-Tulane season opener moved to Aug. 28

    The American Athletic Conference announced today that the Tulsa-Tulane football game, scheduled for the first weekend of the 2014 season, will be played on Aug. 28 at The University of Tulsa's H.A. Chapman Stadium.

    April 16, 2014

  • BASEBALL: Arkansas cruises past SFA, 7-2

    The Arkansas baseball team (23-15) jumped out to an early lead Tuesday evening and never looked back, picking up a 7-2 win over Stephen F. Austin (15-21) at Baum Stadium.

    April 16, 2014

  • Hornbeak leaving OU men's basketball program

    In a surprising decision, sophomore guard Je’lon Hornbeak informed Oklahoma’s coaching staff on Tuesday he will transfer at the end of the spring semester.

    April 16, 2014

  • Rave reviews following OU's spring game

    Oklahoma didn’t play a game as much as it put on a show Saturday at Owen Field. At least, that was the intent.

    April 16, 2014

  • BASEBALL: Sooners outlast Cowboys in 18-inning marathon

    The longest game at Allie P. Reynolds Stadium lasted 18 innings between the Bedlam rivals. The Oklahoma Sooners converted three runs in the top of the 18th to come away with a 12-9 victory.

    April 16, 2014

  • Locust Grove cleans house, ousts four coaches

    Locust Grove High School has relieved head wrestling coach Johnny Cook and head boys basketball coach Ronnie Maple of their coaching duties, school sources said Tuesday.

    April 16, 2014

AP Video