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Applewhite not joining Gator staff

Posted on: December 14, 2010 11:48 am
Edited on: December 14, 2010 12:51 pm
Posted by Jerry Hinnen

The time between the announcement that Will Muschamp had become the new Florida head coach and the rumor that he'd be bringing fellow Texas staff member and former Alabama offensive coordinator Major Applewhite along as his offensive coordinator was so small you'd have to measure it in nanoseconds.

But like so many other assumptions made during the coaching carousel's silly season, it turns out a gun was being jumped , as the Gainesville Sun is reporting that Applewhite has either decided to turn Muschamp down -- with the departure of Greg Davis at Texas, he could be in line for a promotion in Austin -- or Muschamp has decided to go in a different direction. Either way, Applewhite won't be coming to Gainesville.

If that's despite overtures from Muschamp, the Gators might be receiving a blessing the disguise. Though Florida has enough raw offensive talent that virtually anyone who isn't Steve Addazio could turn them into a functional attack, Gator fans spoiled by the Steve Spurrier and Tim Tebow years likely won't settle for "functional," and unless Muschamp's defense is truly terrifying, "functional" won't win the championships the Gators have become accustomed to, either. Applewhite already has a long and promising career as a position coach, but his turn at the Tide's wheel was anything but revelatory, as Alabama limped in at 75th in total offense that season and (by most accounts out of Tuscaloosa) was only saved from demotion by his move to a lower-rung position in Austin.

Though Applewhite may have learned enough from his one season as a play-caller and his last couple of years under Mack Brown to succeed in his next attempt in the coordinator's chair, there's no question he'd be something of an unknown quantity. This being Florida, the Gators likely don't have to settle for an unknown quantity. Though Dana Holgorsen may be looking elsewhere and Auburn has probably wrapped up Gus Malzahn for at least this offseason, Muschamp should just about have his pick of the rest of the nation's OC's. Applewhite may, in fact, be a good choice ... but from here, it still seems the Gators can do better.


Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 22, 2011 5:58 pm

Applewhite not joining Gator staff

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Since: Dec 8, 2008
Posted on: December 15, 2010 12:44 pm

Applewhite not joining Gator staff

"One season as a play-caller"?  Did he not call the plays as OC @ Rice for a year as well?

Since: Jul 31, 2010
Posted on: December 15, 2010 1:39 am
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Since: Oct 11, 2008
Posted on: December 14, 2010 7:17 pm

Applewhite not joining Gator staff

I thought Applewhite did pretty good at Rice with what was avalible, As for the Gators thinking they can get some one better ( like there a better program than The University Of Texas, is absurd ) well see what hapens.

Since: Feb 20, 2007
Posted on: December 14, 2010 5:20 pm

Applewhite not joining Gator staff

He was promised the offensive coordinator’s job at Alabama and all that entailed but battled with assistant head coach/offensive line assistant Joe Pendry. Applewhite hardly had autonomy with the Crimson Tide. He did call the offensive plays but has less input into the schemes and gameplans than he would have liked. Pendry’s domineering ways also cost Alabama the services of tight end coach Ron Middleton, who left for a better-paying job at Duke, of all places.

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