The NCAA will begin drug tests at all championship events, beginning with Monday's cross country event in Charlottesville, despite a California judge's ruling that the practice is unconstitutional, NCAA spokesman Jim Marchiony said.

Superior Court Judge Conrad Rushing ruled Thursday that the drug-testing program was unconstitutional because there was no "compelling need." Rushing did allow limited tests in basketball and football because of evidence of drug use in those sports.

Rushing's ruling, made on a case brought by two Stanford athletes, applies only to Stanford athletes . . .

According to The News & Observer of Raleigh, top officials of the University of North Carolina's Educational Foundation, known as the Rams Club, had an agreement with football coach Dick Crum to buy out the remaining four years of his 10-year contract, but the agreement fell through.

Crum accepted an offer of $300,000, according to an unidentified source, and both sides agreed nothing would be said publicly. But when Crum came under mounting criticism this season for his handling of the 5-5 Tar Heels, The News & Observer and The Raleigh Times both quoted school officials as saying he would not return. Crum was incensed, the newspaper reported, and said he would not resign unless the settlement included more than $1 million for his 10 assistant coaches. The Rams Club officials counteroffered $350,000 and one year's salary for the assistants. Crum reportedly rejected that offer.

On Thursday, UNC Athletic Director John Swofford said Crum will have "the opportunity to fulfill {his} contract unless he decides otherwise." . . .

Third-seeded Duke defeated No. 6 Maryland, 15-6, 15-0, 15-5 in the first round of the Atlantic Coast Conference women's volleyball tournament at Clemson. Fourth-seeded Virginia defeated No. 5 Clemson, 15-5, 15-5, 15-10. No. 2 North Carolina beat No. 7 Georgia Tech, 15-3, 15-6, 15-4 . . .

Basketball guard Rod Strickland, De Paul's No. 2 scorer last season, has been declared academically ineligible in the fall quarter. He will practice, but won't play "at least until the completion of his final examinations" in December, said Tim Stephens, De Paul's sports information director.