It looks like the questions about whether Major Applewhite will become the offensive coordinator at Florida are close to being answered. Edward Aschoff of the Gainesville Sun tweets that Applewhite will head to Gainesville.
Applewhite was one of the candidates to take over as the play-caller in Austin after the resignation of Greg Davis following a disappointing 2010 campaign. Applewhite has also served as offensive coordinator in Rice and Alabama.
His defection marks the latest blow to Texas after the loss of new Florida head coach Will Muschamp, who was supposed to be the head coach of the future for the Longhorns, and the aforementioned 5-7 season. All of that could add to the pressure on Mack Brown, though Brown built up plenty of capital over the last several years.
The hiring could also signal a major shift for Florida next year. Applewhite's take on the spread isn't clear; he ran one at Rice but didn't at Alabama -- thought that was probably not Applewhite's choice. He could decide to scrap the system that Florida has now been running for six seasons. It's also worth mentioning here that the spread is a formation and not a system -- there are almost as many spread offenses as there are spread offensive coordinators. So whether the recruits for Urban Meyer's system can run Applewhite's plays could play a key role in how long it takes Florida to rebound.