Check out the stories on the front page of ESPN.com's college football section (click the image to enlarge it):
That's a downer. Other than the death of Paul Eells, we get only stories about athletes not living up to expectations. Arrests at Tennessee and Miami. Impropriety and special treatment at Oklahoma. A dude who's already in jail being charged with a baker's dozen ADDITIONAL crimes. Low academic achievement across the board.
Thankfully, this is the time of year when the mainstream publications start to publish the previews with gusto and highlight the positive sides of our favorite athletes. But the national media like ESPN only really have time for the big stories -- and without games to talk about, those stories are invariably the negative ones.
iBlog for Cookies has more.
UPDATE: Mike at Hail to the Lion was thinking the same thing.