HOUSTON — Houston didn't need to go far in replacing football coach Tom Herman.
Major Applewhite, who was Herman's offensive coordinator the past two seasons, was promoted to his first head coaching job Friday.
"We had our sights set on a focused competitor who has demonstrated success and possesses a deep connection to college and high school football in the great state of Texas," athletic director Hunter Yurachek said. "It was clearly evident the only individual to offer our position to was Major Applewhite."
Herman became coach at Texas after two years with the Cougars.
Applewhite, 38, is a Louisiana native who has deep ties and familiarity with Texas. "Living in the best state for high school football is a true blessing and advantage for our program, and I cannot be more thankful for the support of our outstanding high school coaches from throughout the state," he said.
Under Applewhite, the offense piled up 40 points 12 times and scored at least 50 five other occasions in the past two seasons.
FAU AFTER KIFFIN? Alabama offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin has had dialogue with Florida Atlantic about its coaching vacancy, according to reports. FAU has gone 3-9 in its past three seasons and fired Charlie Partridge last month.
GEORGIA STATE: South Carolina assistant Shawn Elliott was named coach, replacing Trent Miles. He spent the past seven years with the Gamecocks, going 1-5 as interim head coach in 2015 after Steve Spurrier retired midseason.
NEVADA: Arizona State assistant Jay Norvell was named coach, replacing Brian Polian.
TENNESSEE: The team plans to wear its "Smokey grey" alternate uniforms for the Dec. 30 Music City Bowl to honor victims of last week's Gatlinburg wildfires. Gatlinburg reopened to the public Friday morning.
SALAAM FUNERAL: Former teammates joined family and friends to say goodbye to 1994 Heisman Trophy winner Rashaan Salaam in Boulder, Colo., remembering his warm heart and peaceful spirit. About 250 people gathered for a funeral service at the Islamic Center of Boulder near Folsom Field, where Salaam set Colorado records from 1992-94. He was found dead Monday night in a park not far from the school at the age of 42. His mother, Khalada, said police suspect he killed himself. Michael Westbrook, who played with Salaam at Colorado and went on to the NFL, said nothing seemed to make Salaam angry. "That's just what he brought as a beautiful human being," he said.
NO. 10 CREIGHTON 113, LONGWOOD 58: Marcus Foster and Khyri Thomas scored 16 points apiece, and the host Bluejays (10-0) led by 37 at halftime. It was their most lopsided win since 106-50 over Texas-Arlington in November 2002.
KANSAS: Sophomore forward Carlton Bragg was suspended indefinitely after he was accused of pushing his girlfriend down a flight of stairs and charged with one count of battery. Bragg pleaded not guilty to the misdemeanor that carries a fine and up to six months in jail.
MEN'S SOCCER: Ian Harkes scored in the 102nd minute and Wake Forest outlasted Denver 2-1 in double overtime in Houston to advance to Sunday's College Cup title game. The Demon Deacons (19-3-2) face the winner of North Carolina-Stanford in the championship.