Texas A & M indefinitely suspended two football players yesterday after their arrests a day earlier on felony robbery and drug counts.

Yemi Babalola was charged with two aggravated robbery counts and one count of misdemeanor marijuana possession, according to a College Station police statement. Brandon Joiner was charged with three drug-possession counts, one a felony.

Babalola was free on bond totaling $52,000, according to records at the Brazos County Jail. Joiner remained in jail with bond set at $16,000, records show.

A & M (7-5) plays Penn State (8-4) on Dec. 29 in the Alamo Bowl in San Antonio.

According to the police statement, one resident suffered minor injuries in the home invasion on Nov. 29 at the Callaway Villas Apartments. Police said two men entered the apartment, one carrying a semiautomatic pistol.

A & M athletic director Bill Byrne said he and interim coach Gary Darnell determined both players would be suspended "until cleared of any wrongdoing."

Babalola, a junior offensive lineman, played in nine games this season, including six starts. Joiner, a freshman defensive end, took a redshirt season and didn't play.


* Penn State safeties coach Brian Norwood recently interviewed for the defensive coordinator job at Baylor, the Harrisburg Patriot-News reported. Baylor's new coach, Art Briles, was a Texas Tech assistant from 2000 to '02 and Norwood was Texas Tech's defensive backs coach in 2000.

* LSU coach Les Miles signed a contract extension to keep him at the university through 2012.

* Ball State coach Brady Hoke said he discussed the Michigan coaching job with Wolverines athletic director Bill Martin, but it wasn't a formal interview. Hoke was an assistant to Michigan coach Lloyd Carr in 1995 to 2001. * Coach Jim Grobe will return to Wake Forest, and not go to Arkansas to replace Houston Nutt. *