In an alternate universe, Major Applewhite might have been LSU’s offensive coordinator going into next season.
In an interview with Gridiron Now’s Matt Moscona, the current Houston coach revealed that he “knew the possibility was out there” that he could have ended up at LSU with Tom Herman, the current Texas coach and Applewhite’s old boss at Houston. Applewhite would have become LSU’s offensive coordinator if Herman went to Baton Rouge to be the Tigers’ coach, per Moscona.
“You talk about all kind of things that are coming down the pipe career-wise,” Applewhite, a Baton Rouge native, told Moscona recently. “Most of that was between (Herman) and his family.
“At the same time, we didn’t really consume ourselves with conversations like that. It was just like, ‘Hey, this is a possibility, this is real. OK. All right, well, where are we on third downs with Louisville? Where are we on our third down study for Memphis?’ It was brief, quick and back to the task at hand. That’s just part of the business, part of what happens with college football.”
It’s easy to say now that things worked out well for Applewhite. He has a chance to be a head coach, and if he succeeds at Houston, it’s easy to envisioning him moving on to a program within a major conference.