South Alabama replaces Kane Wommack with former Houston coach Major Applewhite.

In lieu of Kane Wommack, Major Applewhite is being promoted by South Alabama.

Following Wommack's departure to Alabama, the Jaguars will be led by Applewhite, a former coach for the Houston Texans and quarterback for Texas.

Wommack just departed from his position as coach of South Alabama for the third consecutive season to take over as defensive coordinator at Alabama.

Throughout Wommack's time at South Alabama, Applewhite (45 years old) oversaw the offense. He spent 2019 and 2020 working as an analyst for Alabama before moving to Mobile.

After losing his job as head coach at Houston after just two seasons, Applewhite took a job at Alabama. After Tom Herman left, Applewhite took over as head coach and the Cougars finished 15-10 in his two years. 

Herman's resignation occurred before the 2017 season. At the conclusion of the 2018 season, the Cougars were 8-4, however they lost badly against Army in the Armed Forces Bowl, losing by a score of 70-14. Applewhite was fired as a result of that game.

Applewhite worked as an assistant coach at his alma institution from 2008 to 2013, and he was the team's co-offensive coordinator in his last three seasons at Texas. He then returned to Houston to coach before the 2015 season. After an improper interaction during the 2009 Fiesta Bowl with a student athletic trainer, he was disciplined by the institution in 2013.

Over the course of four seasons, Applewhite passed for 8,353 yards and sixty touchdowns while playing quarterback for Texas. After seeing action in eleven games as a freshman in 1998, he went on to appear in nine or more games in each of the last three years.

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