Georgia hired Alabama defensive coordinator Kirby Smart as its new head coach, replacing Mark Richt, who won two Southeastern Conference titles and nearly 75 percent of his games in Athens but fell out of favor with many top boosters because of a perception that his teams underachieved.

Smart, who turns 40 om Dec. 23, played at Georgia in the 1990s and has been Nick Saban's defensive coordinator at Alabama since 2008. He was expected to remain at Alabama through the College Football Playoff.

• South Carolina officially announced Will Muschamp, 44, will be its next coach, replacing Steve Spurrier, the program's leader in victories. A news conference is scheduled for Monday. Muschamp spent this past season as Auburn's defensive coordinator after being fired after four seasons as head coach at Florida.

Tommies will host Division III semifinal

Fourth-ranked St. Thomas learned it will have another home game in the NCAA Division III semifinals. The Tommies (13-0) will host No. 2 Linfield (12-0) at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at O'Shaughnessy Stadium.

The Tommies advanced to the semis with a 38-7 defeat of Wabash last Saturday, while the Wildcats kicked a field goal as time expired to beat Mary Hardin-Baylor 38-35.

The Tommies and Wildcats have met in the playoffs twice before, with Linfield winning 31-20 in the 2009 quarterfinals and St. Thomas winning 24-17 in double overtime in the second round in 2010.


•A University of Houston athletic department official says the school will end its contract with a security company after reviewing video of one of the guards hitting a fan in the head area following the Cougars' win over Temple. A Houston athletic department spokesman said the decision to sever ties with CSC was made after reviewing video of the Saturday night incident.