To this day, Major Applewhite continues to be shaped by Nick Saban’s impact.
As relayed by Football Scoop’s Zach Barnett on Monday, the new Houston coach named Saban as the head coach who has had the largest impact on his career. That’s high praise from Applewhite, who served as Alabama’s offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach in 2007 under Saban.
Nine years later, Major Applewhite says Nick Saban is the head coach who impact his career the most.
— Zach Barnett (@zach_barnett) December 12, 2016
Applewhite’s stay in Tuscaloosa was short. In 2008, he began a six-season stint at Texas as an offensive assistant. In 2015, he moved to Houston and worked as the Cougars’ offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach. Before arriving at Alabama, he was a quarterbacks coach at Syracuse (2005) and the offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach at Rice (2006).
Applewhite saw Saban build during the coach’s first year at Alabama. The Crimson Tide went 7-6 in 2007 and earned a victory against Colorado in the Independence Bowl.
Applewhite was chosen as Houston’s next coach after school officials passed on Alabama offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin, who will become Florida Atlantic’s next coach.