Randy Kindred, Bloomington Pantagraph: Trouble at Illinois, where coach Ron Zook dismissed one player and suspended four others, including starting quarterback Tim Brasic.
Jeff Metcalfe, Arizona Republic: Arizona State's Dirk Koetter is set for a boost in salary to $980,000, making him the fourth-highest paid coach in the Pac-10.
Suzanne Halliburton, Austin American-Statesman: Texas held its final spring practice until March 20, and coach Mack Brown is pleased with the play of the candidates to replace Vince Young (registration).
Susan Field, Mt. Pleasant Morning Sun: Two former Central Michigan players have pleaded no contest to involuntary manslaughter and a third man pleaded guilty to the same charge for their roles in the beating death of a man outside a bar.
Bradley Olson, Baltimore Sun: Navy quarterback Lamar Owens, in a conversation taped by an investigator, tearfully apologized to a fellow midshipman he is accused of raping.
Lance Pugmire and Michelle Keller, Los Angeles Times: Former Iowa receiver Ivory Webb, the San Bernardino sheriff's deputy accused of attempted voluntary manslaughter, entered a not-guilty plea.