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Great expectations greet Applewhite
With great anticipation – and expectation – Major Applewhite was introduced Thursday morning as the new University of Texas assistant head coach and running backs coach.

Applewhite Press Conference Notes and Quotes
Notes and quotes from Thursday's Major Applewhite press conference.

Mack recharged and renewed
Austin American-Statesman
Coach February is back at it. A month early, in fact. Mack Brown remains the Bill Gates of college football. No other head coach comes close to matching the Texas CEO when it comes to organizational skills, positive attitude, attention to detail and — as we've seen over and over — the hiring of assistants. His latest hostile takeover of Alabama offensive coordinator Major Applewhite as Texas' new running backs coach is one more in a series of brilliant moves by the best coach in America between December and September. Here's a strong feeling that Brown just may get those other months right as well.

Applewhite, the folk hero, returns to Austin as a coach
Austin American-Statesman
Who knows exactly when the red-haired, freckle-faced Major Applewhite became a Longhorn icon. The status of Mack Brown's newest assistant coach, formally reintroduced to Austin on Thursday, may have been cemented on the field at Lincoln, Neb., nearly a decade ago when he was a 20-year-old redshirt freshman quarterback — and not exactly a physically imposing one at that. He conquered the powerful Cornhuskers that day, his 2-yard touchdown pass to Wane McGarity with just more than two minutes giving Texas the improbable 20-16 victory and breaking Nebraska's 47-game home winning streak. Adding to the legend, Applewhite suffered a concussion after he tossed the ball and barely was able to celebrate.

Applewhite will coach one position
Austin American-Statesman
Who? Apple what? That was Darrell Scott's response when he heard Major Applewhite was the new Texas running backs coach. The prized running back recruit from St. Bonaventure in Ventura, Calif., sits atop the Longhorns' wish list right now, and the Applewhite hiring could directly affect his decision. Or does it?

Future looks bright for Texas' Applewhite
Dallas Morning News
Eight years ago, Texas coach Mack Brown replaced Major Applewhite with Chris Simms at quarterback, igniting a painful controversy that engulfed the Longhorns community. On Thursday, Applewhite, 29, was asked if he could be the one to replace Brown as coach at Texas one day.

It's official: Applewhite back at Texas
San Antonio Express-News
Greg Davis' first encounter with Major Applewhite wasn't unlike one of his most recent. When the newly appointed Texas offensive coordinator encountered his new quarterback on the UT campus 10 years ago, Applewhite was getting ready to leave for Christmas break, and he wanted some extra reading material — like a playbook.

Questions about UT football's defensive outlook
San Antonio Express-News
It's been a whirlwind week for Texas football fanatics. New defensive coordinator Will Muschamp was introduced last Friday, and then Longhorn folk hero Major Applewhite just returned to the program he helped jump-start. Applewhite will be UT's new running backs coach, and he also carries the distinction as assistant head coach.

Major settles in at Texas
Houston Chronicle
Major Applewhite had been on the job less than 24 hours Thursday when asked about another high-profile position at Texas. When is he moving into Mack Brown's office?

Applewhite will be more than a position coach
Daily Texan
It should be obvious that Major Applewhite needs to be more than just a running backs coach for the Longhorns. Fortunately for Texas, I'm not the only one who feels this way.

Staff changes end with Major
Daily Texan
Sometimes, a winning football formula loses its potency. This is when new ingredients are needed and the measurements for the current ones tinkered with. And after remaining constant but not perfect for a few years, Texas coach Mack Brown and Athletic Director DeLoss Dodds decided it was time to rewrite their current recipe.

Folk hero returns to Texas
Associated Press
Major Applewhite has come home. The former Texas quarterback, whose cherubic looks and cool demeanor on the field made him a Longhorn folk hero, has returned to the 40 acres to be the running backs coach and assistant head coach. It's been quite a wild ride over the past week.

Football recruiting:

Five-Star QB Has a New Offer
With the Class of 2008 soon drawing to a close, the top stars for the Class of 2009 are starting to see more and more interest come their way. Of course for five-star QB Russell Shepard from Cy Ridge, it has been hectic for some time now. But now it has picked up even more. And yes, he has pulled in offer No. 13.

Men's hoops:

Mid-Season Stumble
A nose-dive in the polls has ended with the Horns at No. 19, an unfortunate drop from their mid-December perch at No. 4, which was earned by a buzzer-beater win against No. 2 ranked UCLA. After starting the season 11-0, the Longhorns have managed to lose three of their last five. Why?

Longhorns' focus shifts to defense
Daily Texan
Seven days later, the Longhorns need a confidence boost. After starting the season with 11 consecutive wins, No. 19 Texas has lost three of its last five games - including its Big 12 Conference opener against Missouri on Saturday, a team the Longhorns beat nine consecutive times, including four in Columbia, Mo.

Women's hoops:

Longhorns to square off against Tech in hostile territory
Daily Texan
After Texas got its first conference win, coach Gail Goestenkors was too wrapped up in the present to worry about Texas Tech. "Honestly, I have not had the opportunity to look ahead," Goestenkors said after Texas' win over Iowa State on Wednesday. "I'm looking forward to a great Big 12 game." Most signs say she'll get just that. Texas leaves Austin for a hostile road environment when they travel to Lubbock on Sunday to face Texas Tech as the Longhorns (13-4, 1-2) try to even up their conference record. Tech (12-4, 0-3) led the conference and ranked third nationally last year in attendance, averaging 10,668 fans per game.


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