For Florida fans, hearing that Will Muschamp would be the Gators' next head coach answered questions about leadership and defense. But questions remained about offense, especially because Florida fans, so spoiled by the dynamic offenses of Steve Spurrier, Danny Wuerffel, Urban Meyer, and Tim Tebow, are used to pyrotechnics in the Swamp.
Muschamp bringing along Major Applewhite from Texas to replace Steve Addazio as offensive coordinator might solve that.
Orangebloods.com's Geoff Ketchum reports that's happening.
Just confirmed with two sources that Major Applewhite is expected to follow Will Muschamp to Florida as the school's new OC.
If that's true, it's a huge blow to Texas and a marginal step up for Applewhite, who served as assistant head coach and running backs coach at Texas, and was Alabama's offensive coordinator in 2007. And if Florida fans were worried about Muschamp's age, Applewhite's will be even scarier: he's just 32, and looks like he could be 25.
Clearly, if Applewhite is following Muschamp from Austin to Gainesville, Florida athletic director Jeremy Foley believes in a youth movement to follow Urban Meyer's renewal of the Gators.
And, for Texas fans, if Applewhite is following Muschamp out of the heart of Texas, it's going to be a sleepless night. Their program, which played for a BCS National Championship last year, suffered through a terrible 5-7 season, won't be going to a bowl this year, and might have lost two heirs apparent in the span of an hour.