Major Pop

Posted August 27th, 2013


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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