Applewhite join Saban's staff at Alabama

Updated: July 12, 2007, 10:27 AM ET

TUSCALOOSA, Alabama -- Major Applewhite decided he no longer wanted to be the youngest coordinator in Division I-A football.

The 28-year-old Applewhite on Saturday left his position as Rice's offensive coordinator to take an undetermined role on Nick Saban's staff at Alabama.

Applewhite created a spread attack that scored the most points (350) and gained the third-most yards (4,486) in Rice's history this past season, his first with the program after serving as quarterbacks coach at Syracuse in 2005.

A former quarterback and team captain at Texas, Applewhite was a graduate assistant on the Longhorns' offensive staff in 2003-04, helping develop All-American quarterback Vince Young.

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