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'Major' Coaching Hire?
Is Longhorn legend Major Applewhite really joining the Texas coaching staff? Inside Texas picked up some info from inside both the Texas and Alabama football programs about whether Applewhite is leaving Tuscaloosa.

Source: Applewhite to Horns a 'done deal'
Austin American-Statesman
Popular former QB would likely become Horns' running backs coach if he leaves offensive coordinator's position with Alabama.

Applewhite has a buyout in contract
Austin American-Statesman
If Major Applewhite comes to Texas, the Longhorns could owe Alabama $50,000. The Birmingham News recently obtained Applewhite's contract with Alabama, where he is offensive coordinator. The deal is for two years, and if he leaves early, Applewhite, or whichever school hires him, must pay a $50,000 buyout.

Source: Applewhite could join Texas staff
Dallas Morning News
Alabama offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Major Applewhite could be the assistant coach Mack Brown picks to fill the vacancy on his staff created by the reassignment of running backs coach Ken Rucker, according to a source close to the Texas program.

Texas considering Applewhite for staff
San Antonio Express-News
Former Texas quarterback Major Applewhite, the school's all-time passing leader, is being considered for the opening on coach Mack Brown's staff, a source close to the program confirmed Monday. The position became available last week when running backs coach Ken Rucker accepted a position as the program's new director of high school relations and player development.

Applewhite close to job with Texas, sources say
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
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, 29, 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 appears close to taking UT job
Houston Chronicle
Former Texas quarterback Major Applewhite has been contacted about joining the Longhorns' coaching staff and is expected to accept an offer this week.

Applewhite flying to Texas for interview
Birmingham News
Major Applewhite spent Monday showing a high-profile recruit around the University of Alabama campus. That may not matter if the Crimson Tide's offensive coordinator leaves for his alma mater. Applewhite plans to step on a plane this morning bound for Austin and the University of Texas, The Birmingham News has learned. During the trip, Applewhite, the popular former Longhorns quarterback, is expected to get an offer to replace running backs coach Ken Rucker.

Applewhite may be Texas-bound
Huntsville Times
Alabama offensive coordinator Major Applewhite appears on the cusp of leaving the Crimson Tide. Several published reports in Texas on Monday night said Applewhite is a prime candidate to join Mack Brown's staff at the University of Texas.

Defections could hurt OU, Texas title hopes
The Oklahoman
Come October in the Cotton Bowl, Oklahoma and Texas may wrestle for Big 12 South superiority yet again. But right now, their title hopes — Big 12 and bigger — could depend on how each grapples with key defections to the NFL. Both teams have lost big-time players. And don't let the sunshine pumpers fool you, it's a big-time concern. And a big-time break for Missouri and Kansas and Texas Tech, the teams who stand to benefit most from the OU and Texas puncture wounds.

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Will Dexter Pratt Accept Junior Day Invite?
Navasota running back Dexter Pratt may be a man of few words off the field, but he makes plenty of noise on it. IT caught up with the two-way star to talk about his outstanding junior season, whether he'll accept Texas' junior day invite and much more.


Horns forced to graduate baseball alumni game tradition
Austin American-Statesman
The first casualty of the NCAA's scheduling changes for baseball is Texas' annual alumni game. The game, an exhibition between former Texas players and the current team, has been a team and fan favorite since former Texas coach Cliff Gustafson began the tradition in 1984. The problem, though, is the NCAA pushed college baseball's start date back three weeks, meaning practice won't begin until Feb. 1 and the Longhorns can't play their first game until Feb. 22.


Ex-basketball player Goodner dies
Austin American-Statesman
Gary Goodner, the center on the Longhorns' NIT championship team of 1978, has died, apparently of a heart attack, two of his former teammates said Monday.


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