Texas Longhorns: Greg Davis

AUSTIN, Texas -- Bryan Harsin was the rebound.

Yep, after the coaching relationship between Texas coach Mack Brown and his former offensive coordinator Greg Davis over those oh so many years, wins and a national title, there had to be one. It was only natural.

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John Albright/Icon SMIMajor Applewhite will take over play-calling duties for the Longhorns and coach the quarterbacks.
Naturally that is not the way Brown explained it when given the opportunity to talk about the departure of his most recently departed co-offensive coordinator, Harsin, and the promoting of another, Major Applewhite.

"I told Major two years ago that I felt like it would be unfair to put him in the [offensive coordinator] position right after Greg Davis," Brown said. "He played for Greg. He coached with Greg and I didn’t think he would ever have a chance for it to be Major’s input. It would always be, 'Well, he’s still doing what Greg did.' And that’s not fair to him or Greg, very honestly.

"When [Applewhite] and I really thought about it -- and I didn’t know it would be two years -- but I thought probably whoever we brought in if we had some success, usually our guys get head jobs around here pretty quickly if they want them," he continued. "Bryan was a guy who came here to get a head coaching job. It’s the only reason he left Boise. I told Major you need to put yourself in the position of play caller every day because that day is going to come and it’s gong to come fast."

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Greg Davis caught plenty of heat in Austin after a high-profile, 5-7 struggle in 2010 when the Longhorns' offense hit rock bottom.

After a year away from the game, he's back.

He joins Kirk Ferentz's staff at Iowa as the Hawkeyes' new offensive coordinator.
Davis won the Broyles Award as the nation's top assistant coach following the 2005 season in which Texas won the BCS Championship. The Longhorns set a then-NCAA record with 652 total points that season, averaging 50.2 points per game. He oversaw prolific offenses and coached star quarterbacks Vince Young, Colt McCoy and Chris Simms in Austin.

But Davis was forced out after the 2010 season following two years of sub-par offensive production and growing criticism from fans. He did not coach during the 2011 season.

"We are thrilled to have Greg Davis join our staff," Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz said in a statement released by the school. "Greg has enjoyed great success during his career and I believe that can be attributed directly to the combination of his football expertise and teaching skills. Greg's units have demonstrated impressive production and they have done so using a variety of systems and styles."

Cutting Davis loose was difficult for Mack Brown to do, but it had to be done. Good to see Davis land back on his feet at a major program.


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