If Major Applewhite is going to follow through with his plan to work on the sidelines instead of in the press box as the Longhorns’ play caller, then I think he must assume another new role as well.
Applewhite should be the guy who talks to TV sideline reporters as he runs off the field at halftime, a role normally reserved for head coaches.
Having been to two Applewhite press conferences in August, I detect some Gregg Popovich light tendencies. Call him Major Pop, a coach given to a little sparring with the media, albeit Applewhite does it more in a teasing sort of way.
And it just so happens that my boy Kirk Bohls is a link between the two. Back in 1999, as the Spurs were en route to their first NBA title, Bohls asked Pop a legit question: can you believe the Lakers didn’t double team Duncan? Pop’s response: “I don’t know what game you were watching.”
Popologists later discovered that Pop might react that way when asked to criticize another coach.
Anyway, this week Bohls asked Major a legit question: “how do you think you’ll be different from Bryan Harsin as a play-caller?”
Major: “How many years have you been doing this?”
Applewhite was having fun at Bohls’ expense, something about which I was ambivalent. I don’t want Applewhite stealing my job.
But as for the sideline reporters, get after them, Major.
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