Nick Saban and Alabama’s football program have made a habit out of hiring former college football head coaches looking to get their careers back on track.
In recent seasons, the Crimson Tide have brought on Lane Kiffin, Steve Sarkisian, Butch Jones and Mike Locksley, among others.
Alabama is reportedly considering adding a name to that list.
Former Houston head coach Major Applewhite is reportedly interviewing for a job with the Crimson Tide.
Alabama’s Rivals.com site is reporting the news.
Sources told BamaInsider on Wednesday that Major Applewhite is interviewing for an analyst job at Alabama this week. Applewhite, who spent the past two years as the head coach at Houston, served as the offensive coordinator at Alabama during Saban’s first year with the Crimson Tide in 2007.
Applewhite was fired last year following Houston’s 70-14 loss to Army in the Armed Forces Bowl. He went 15-11 during his two seasons in charge of the Cougars. Before becoming a head coach, Applewhite served as Houston’s offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach from 2015-16. He worked at Texas from 2008-13 where he coached running backs and quarterbacks. He was promoted as the Longhorns co-offensive coordinator from 2011-13. Applewhite also has experience as an offensive coordinator at Rice in 2006. The year before that, he coached quarterbacks at Syracuse.
Applewhite was fired by Houston at the end of the 2018 college football season. The Cougars then went out and hired West Virginia head coach Dana Holgorsen.
The former Houston head coach went 15-11 with the Cougars.