[editor's note, by Todd]
I'm going to bump this to the top of the page since it's THE story of the day, and because I'm also going to be pretty busy the rest of the day and won't have a chance to check for updates on the situation. If you guys hear anything, post it in the comments or diaries. There also a couple of updated links at the bottom of this post.
Applewhite plans to step on a plane this morning bound for Austin and the University of Texas, The Birmingham News has learned. During the trip, Applewhite, the popular former Longhorns quarterback, is expected to get an offer to replace running backs coach Ken Rucker.
And then there's also this gem from Bama commit Damian Square that is sure to make him an instant fan favorite before he ever sets foot on campus:
Meanwhile, Burnt Orange Nation wants him for the positive effect he can have on the Texas staff:
Update [2008-1-15 11:14:9 by Todd]:
A couple more links:
Ian Rapaport plays the part of psychoanalyst.
Star Jackson's high school coach says he is firmly committed to the Tide, with or without Applewhite.
Update [2008-1-15 12:16:55 by Todd]:
Don't look now folks, but war has been declared. Speaking as someone who earnestly feels the only good things about Texas are Willie Nelson and the Texas Tech Swim Team (I've been to your Hooters, and your Hooters girls are no trashier than ours!), I say we get Willie, the swimmers, all of our present recruits, and Applewhite out of Texas and then start bombing. Who's with me?
Sit tight, Willie, I'm coming to save you!
Update [2008-1-15 15:54:20 by Todd]:
It looks like we might not know anything (at least not officially) until Thursday:
Other tidbits from the article:
* Brown typically doesn't bring in candidates for official interviews unless a job offer is forthcoming.
* Applewhite is the only candidate they have spoken to that has received an interview.
* A source "close to the situation" (which could be some random guy in Austin, for all we know) says that the position he is interviewing for is not one in which he will call the plays.
(h/t The Rap Sheet)