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Sources Agree: Horns Close to a 'Major' Hire
Is Longhorn legend Major Applewhite really joining the Texas coaching staff? Sources now seem to agree that the answer is, yes.

Source says Applewhite 'coming home'
Austin American-Statesman
Former Texas quarterback Major Applewhite inched closer to receiving an offer of running backs coach with the Longhorns after a full day of interviewing for the vacant assistant's spot on Mack Brown's staff. Applewhite, the Alabama offensive coordinator, was scheduled to meet with Brown Tuesday night. Brown had been on the road recruiting, but flew back to Austin for the interview. Applewhite and his wife, Julie, spent the night at an Austin hotel.

Major's got his major reasons
Austin American-Statesman
For those wondering why Major Applewhite would even consider giving up an offensive coordinator's post at such a prestigious program like Alabama in the best football conference in the nation, don't. He's got his reasons. First and foremost is the fact that the 29-year-old Longhorn icon isn't all that happy with the situation under Nick Saban, whom he genuinely respects.

Source: Applewhite to accept UT post
Dallas Morning News
Major Applewhite, Texas' all-time leading passer and the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Alabama, could be announced as the Longhorns' new running backs coach as early as this evening, sources said.

Brown closing in on two coaching coups
San Antonio Express-News
The reason for the hype was obvious, just as soon as Will Muschamp sat down before the lights and cameras last week. Texas' new defensive coordinator doesn't just say the right stuff, everything in the way he carries himself says Muschamp gets it – no wonder coach Mack Brown went out and got him.

Applewhite offered a job with Longhorns, plans to accept
Houston Chronicle
Former Texas quarterback Major Applewhite has been offered a coaching position with the Longhorns and plans to accept, two people close to the athletic program said Tuesday night. Applewhite will assume the position of running backs coach, a move that will reunite him with mentor Greg Davis, currently the Longhorns' offensive coordinator.

Alabama offensive coordinator Applewhite expected to take job as Texas assistant
Birmingham News
University of Alabama offensive coordinator Major Applewhite slept in Austin Tuesday night after spending the day interviewing for a position on the University of Texas coaching staff. Coach Mack Brown is believed to have asked Applewhite, the 29-year-old popular former Longhorns quarterback, to join his staff, The Birmingham News has learned. Those close to Applewhite expect him to accept the job.

Applewhite expected to fill Texas opening
Tuscaloosa News
Barring a dramatic, last-minute change, all indications Tuesday night were that University of Alabama offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Major Applewhite is leaving the Capstone to accept a job at his alma mater, Texas, by Thursday.

Football recruiting:

Marcus Davis: Plenty to Choose From
In recent years, Texas, Texas A&M, LSU and Oklahoma are the four schools that have had the most success recruiting in the Lone Star State. When all four of these schools are trying to get you to come to their junior day, you must be doing something right. That is exactly the case for Clear Creek defensive back Marcus Davis. Find out where Davis is heading inside.

Men's hoops:

Longhorns' Big 12 start leaves Barnes in unusual spot
San Antonio Express-News
Defense having devolved into a lost art at Texas, Rick Barnes, stricken with more necessity than a coach in mid-January deserves, has chosen to lead by example. Barnes was put in the unusual position last week of having to defend two teams. And neither happened to be the one next on the schedule. The topic, on the eve of Big 12 play, was the state of this year's UT team. And Barnes properly rode to his players' defense. Yet there was no way to extend the discourse without disparaging the legacy of last year's Longhorn team — one dearer, if not nearer, to Barnes' heart. Suddenly, Barnes had a sword in each hand.

Johnson finally getting his chance
Daily Texan
As it is known to do, the New Year brought change to the Texas Longhorns. Freshman Gary Johnson made his first start at the college level on Jan. 2 and hasn't left the starting lineup since. Through 13 games of the season, No. 19 Texas featured the same starting five. With three guards, the Longhorns lacked size. That's where the 6-foot-7-inch, 235-pound Johnson comes in.

Women's hoops:

Iowa State a tough test
Daily Texan
With memories of a 10-game winning streak left in the sawdust after a pair of losses to open up conference play, the women's basketball team is looking to reverse its recent fortunes. But the troubles may not stop anytime soon. The No. 19 Longhorns (12-4, 0-2 Big 12) host Iowa State tonight at the Erwin Center. The Cyclones (12-3, 1-1) enter the game coming off an 84-77 double-overtime victory at No. 23 Colorado on Sunday.

When the game's on the line, give Raven the ball
Daily Texan
With the game on the line last year, the women's basketball team went to Tiffany Jackson, just like the men's team went to Kevin Durant. Now that both of them are gone, the men's team turns to D.J. Augustin in the clutch, but who do the women turn to? If you answered Brittainey Raven, you are correct. However, if you answered Carla Cortijo, you are also correct. In Sunday's overtime loss to Kansas State, Texas put the ball in Raven's hands at the end of regulation, and then gave Cortijo the chance at the end of overtime. Neither succeeded.


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