Richmond Times-Dispatch and Roanoke Times: Virginia Tech suspended quarterback Ike Whitaker and announced that defensive backs coach Lorenzo Ward was leaving for an NFL job.
Jerry Ratcliffe, Daily Progress: Virginia coach Al Groh got an early start on his 2007 recruiting class with a non-binding commitment from a linebacker.
Terrance Harris, Houston Chronicle: Texas A&M, which had the worst pass defense in the country in 2005, will work to correct that problem this spring.
Mick McGrane, San Diego Union-Tribune: San Diego State finalized its 2006 schedule and will open against Texas El Paso in a nationally televised game.
Scott Wolf, L.A. Daily News: USC officially named former NFL assistant Al Everest to be special teams coordinator.
Joe Rexrode, Lansing State Journal: Michigan State assistant head coach Jim McElwain is leaving to join the staff of the Oakland Raiders.
Chad Hartley, Reno Gazette-Journal: Nevada coach Chris Ault will get an $18,000 raise that will boost his deal to $360,000 annually.
Chris Low, Tennessean: Tennessee coach Phillip Fulmer said he wants to come out of spring ball with an established starter at quarterback.