Sep 8, 2012; Austin, TX, USA; Texas Longhorns head coach Mack Brown (left) talks with offensive coordinator Brian Harsin (right) prior to kick off against the New Mexico Lobos at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brendan Maloney-USA TODAY Sports

The Morning After: Bryan Harsin To Arkansas State


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On Tuesday, it was reported here on Hook’em Headlines that Offensive Coordinator Bryan Harsin is leaving the University of Texas to become the Head Coach at Arkansas State University. That left many Texas Longhorn fans wondering who will take over on offense for the Texas Longhorns.

The answer is pretty simple. Major Applewhite.

Major Applewhite is a special person to Longhorn fans. Not only does he win the award for coolest name ever for a Texas Longhorn during the Mack Brown era, but was a very good quarterback. Here is my favorite moment from his time at Texas, 1998 Nebraska:

 

Major Applewhite has also been a good coach. Major Applewhite was the offensive coordinator at Alabama for 1 season in 2007. Now this was Nick Saban’s first season in Alabama

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Oct 13, 2012; Dallas, TX, USA; Texas Longhorns co-offensive coordinator Major Applewhite on the sidelines against the Oklahoma Sooners during the red river rivalry at the Cotton Bowl. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

and he improved the offense in his only season at Alabama. This doesn’t have to be rocket science for Mack Brown. Major Applewhite essentially took a demotion to come to Texas in 2008 in hopes to one day become offensive coordinator under Mack Brown. Now Mack Brown did hire Bryan Harsin as co-offensive coordinator from Boise State to help ease the fanbase’s apprehension that Major Applewhite wasn’t just another Greg Davis disciple.

I am also hearing that Tim Brewster might be consider to come back to take over as a position coach. Bryan Harsin coached the Quarterbacks the last two seasons and he did do a good job developing David Ash. That position will likely be taken over by Major Applewhite and that will leave an opening at running back coach. Tim Brewster is currently a wide receivers coach at Mississippi State, but don’t be surprise if he comes back to help Mack Brown get Texas back on track. He could take over as tight end coach and promote another staff member to being the running backs coach.

Don’t be surprise if Harsin isn’t the only coordinator to get a head coaching job. Manny Diaz has interviewed at Florida International and he might be the favorite to get the job. Gene Chizik anyone?

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